• Holly Knight

Some Crazy Things About the Diamond Game

THE Game...The Diamond Game.  Softball and Baseball....some differences but most things are similar.  Some of the crazy similarities of the Diamond Game...

The pole down the left and right field lines are called the Foul Poles but when the ball hits a foul pole it is fair?

  • The ball that hits the foul line and goes foul from the hitter is ruled a fair ball.

  • It is possible, and does happen, for a hitter to strike out in the at bat and not be out and then score.

  • A pitcher can throw a no hitter and lose the game.

  • A pitcher can give up a ton of runs and still win the game.

  • The softball isn't really very soft.

  • A hitter can hit the ball hard, so therefore succeeding but make an out so actually failing but then that hit can be a sacrifice fly and therefore succeed.

  • A hitter can hit the ball really soft by mistake so technically failing but then beat the throw and therefore succeeding.

  • Is it a left handed glove or a right handed glove...is it what hand you wear it on or what hand you throw the ball with?   

  • A left handed hitter hits the ball on the same side of the field as the right fielder.

  • The position numbers such as the pitcher is 1 and the catcher is 2 makes sense then we go from first to third with 3, 4, 5 but why did they skip over Shortstop and then go back to number the position 6 and then we go from right to left in the infield and then left to right in the outfield?

  • Was it math or just luck to come up with the distance of the bases and the pitching distance? It works about perfect. If the bases were just a few inches closer so many runners would be safe on ground balls but if they were farther by a few inches none would ever be able to steal a base. And the pitching distances? 43 feet and 60' 6"....this had to be math of some sort cuz how perfect is it!

  • Oh yeah, in hitting we call the spin of the ball that goes backward as back spin, that makes sense but then when it goes forward we call it top spin and not forward spin?

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