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What Is Wild Pitch In Baseball?

What is a wild pitch? When does the umpire call a wild pitch on the pitcher? Get ready to learn the rules of wild pitches in baseball.

Wild Pitch

As a fielder, sometimes you'll make a mistake. It happens very rarely at the professional level, but humans aren't perfect. Errors do happen and when they do, they can affect the outcome of a game. There are two types of throwing errors we will cover:

  1. Overthrows
  2. Wild Pitches

While wild pitches are not technically considered overthrows, they occur when a pitcher throws a baseball that is so far from the strike zone that the catcher is unable to catch it. In this case, runners may advance.

If the pitch was the batter's third strike, the batter may also advance to first base. However, it is not considered a wild pitch if no runner advanced bases. If the bases are empty and the batter had less than two strikes, it is not considered a wild pitch even if the catcher was unable to catch it.

PRO TIP: A runner is awarded to two bases on any wild ball that is thrown into the stands based on where the runners were on base.

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