R3, lefthanded batter hits grounder to 2nd baseman who throws home. Ball hits bat in front of plate where batter dropped it. Is the ball still live or does it become dead. I told my partner the bat was part of the field; however, he thought it became dead. Who was right?
Same as if the ball hits any other legal equipment in the game. A removed catcher's helmet, pin tar bag behind mound, rubber, home plate. If a thrown ball hits a runner or held bat (like when a catcher throws to a base on a SB attempt) then the ball is dead.
+ If a thrown ball hits a runner or held bat (like when a catcher throws to a base on a SB attempt) then the ball is dead.
It's a live ball unless interference is declared.
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