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  1. That’s a clown question, bro.

    Comment by Bryce Harper — July 10, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  2. The conclusion isn’t true, though. While the fireball would hit the batter, if the ball still went through the strike zone, it’s a strike, regardless of whether the batter swings or whether the batter tries to get out of the way. No hit by pitch.

    Comment by J Bravo — July 10, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

  3. But since the ball is disintegrating and pieces of it will no doubt mingle with the batter’s particles post mushroom cloud, shouldn’t it still be a HBP? Or at least HBPP — hit by pitch particles?

    Comment by Bradley Woodrum — July 10, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  4. If it hits the batter at any point it’s a dead ball. But i’m not sure of the ruling because i’m not sure baseball has a rule that accounts for an exploding baseball.

    Comment by ppabich — July 10, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  5. I’m not positive, but I think causing the baseball to explode is a balk.

    Comment by Big Daddy V — July 10, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  6. Rule 6.08(b) (which Munroe actually cites):
    “[The batter becomes a runner and is entitled to first base without liability to be put out (provided he advances to and touches first base) when --] he is touched by a pitched ball which he is not attempting to hit unless (1) The ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, or (2) The batter makes no attempt to avoid being touched by the ball;
    If the ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a strike, whether or not the batter tries to avoid the ball. If the ball is outside the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a ball if he makes no attempt to avoid being touched.”

    I don’t understand any way of reading this that doesn’t result in it getting called a strike. Even if the contact with the batter is outside the strike zone, the ball is still in the strike zone.

    Comment by J Bravo — July 10, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  7. Nobody understands the definition of a balk.

    Comment by J Bravo — July 10, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  8. Yes, I think the easy part is to say that while the batter will be hit by the pitch/particles of the pitched ball, he can’t be given a HBP as the speeds involved mean he can make no attempt to get out of the way. That also means it’s a dead ball.

    Deciding if it’s a ball or a strike though depends on how “the ball” is defined in this case.

    Comment by Isaac Cajina — July 10, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

  9. Brings a whole new meaning to the ‘exploding’ fastball.

    Comment by ettin — July 10, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

  10. This is a gem. Thank you.

    Comment by Mario Mendoza of commenters — July 11, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

  11. it is now my new wallpaper.

    Comment by Mario Mendoza of commenters — July 11, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

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