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fair ball

n. Baseball
A batted ball that first strikes the ground or leaves the playing field beyond first or third base within the foul lines or that is within the foul lines as it bounces past first or third base or that comes to rest or is touched by a fielder in front of first or third base within the foul lines.

fair′ ball′

a batted baseball that lands, rolls, or is caught within the foul lines or legal area of play.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fair ball - (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it stays between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
physical contact, contact - the act of touching physically; "her fingers came in contact with the light switch"
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
foul ball - (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
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If interference occurs during an infield-fly situation, the ball should remain alive as along as it is a fair ball.
12 of Rule 5 reads: "Any player running the bases on fair or foul balls caught before touching the ground must return to the base he occupied when the ball was struck, and retouch such base before attempting to make another or score a run, and said player shall be liable to be put out in so returning, as in the case of running to first base when a fair ball is hit and not caught flying.
Tony Abbott said there had been profound grief, in part because to "be felled by a hard but fair ball in the centre of the SCG at your most exuberant, it just doesn't seem right or natural".
The ball, an opposite-field fly, landed just about on the left field foul line and was ruled a fair ball.
Aggression is a big part of his game and even though Jonah's got a bump on his head, I think it's a fair ball to go for.
The Dodgers right fielder, homerless in Florida, trotted around the bases after home-plate umpire Paul Emmel ruled Green's flyball down the left-field line a fair ball in the fifth inning of Saturday's Freeway Series game against the Angels in front of a sellout 43,281 at Angel Stadium.
The courageous journalist was apparently unhappy with the skinny little runt for other misdemeanors and felt it was fair ball to report a private conversation, not meant for his ears, but carelessly taking place near his ears.
Remind the runner of (1) game situation, number of outs, the count, and other runners on base throughout the at-bat, (2) baserunning situations such as the quality of the pitcher's pickoff move, (3) taking signals on the base, (4) picking up the third-base coach early on a hit, (5) special situations such as bad footing in the basepaths or outfielders playing in unusual positions, and (5) such basics as: "go on a ground ball, freeze on the line drive, go part way on a fair ball hit in the air, go back to the bag on a foul ball.
The roof is gone now, and the mystique of the House That Ruth Built--no fair ball ever went out of the park--remains intact.
09 (k) reads, "If a fair ball goes through, or by, an infielder, and touches a runner immediately back of him, or touches the runner after having been deflected by a fielder, the umpire shall not declare the runner out for being touched by a batted ball.
With the adoption of the fly game, it would seem to logically follow that a missed third strike, being considered fair, would only be an out if caught on the fly, like any other fair ball.
When you don't play a lot and you know you hit a fair ball.

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