Foul Tip Baseball
A foul tip is a unique situation in baseball that happens when a catcher catches a poorly hit ball. Foul tips are uncommon, and the rules governing them are different from foul balls. Keep reading to learn how foul tips work in baseball.
A foul tip is a batted ball that is barely hit by a batter and which goes sharply and directly to the catcher and is immediately caught. Foul tip rules apply only to batted balls caught by catchers, and the ball must be caught for it to count as a foul tip.
A strike will be called on a foul tip, and unlike a standard foul ball, if the foul tip occurs on the third strike, it will count as an out rather than another foul ball. The ball remains live following a foul tip, meaning that runners may attempt to steal.
A foul tip is an uncommon occurrence when a baseball makes contact with the bat, then goes sharply into the catcher's glove. For a strike to be called, the catcher must catch the ball directly after the ball hits the bat. If the ball hits the bat and then bounces on the ground before landing in the catcher's glove, it is not a foul tip.
Foul Tip Rules
- A foul tip is a sharply hit ball that is directly caught by the catcher.
- The batted ball must be caught to count as a foul tip, and only a catcher can catch a foul tip.
- A foul tip results in a strike, even if it is the third strike that gets a player out.
- The ball is live following a foul tip, so runners may attempt to steal.
What is a foul tip in baseball?
In baseball, a foul tip is a sharply hit ball that is caught by the catcher. The ball must be hit directly to the catcher, and it always results in a strike, even if it is that batter’s third strike.
What is the difference between a foul tip and a foul ball?
The difference between a foul tip and a foul ball is that a foul tip always results in a strike, even if it gets the batter out. Foul tips can only be caught by the catcher and must be hit directly to them. If the catcher drops what would otherwise be a foul tip, it is a foul ball.