How to Get on Base in Baseball
Part of the Baseball For Dummies Cheat Sheet
In baseball, getting on base is your main goal whenever you stand in the batter’s box at home plate. After all, if you don’t get on base, you can’t score. The following list shows you the nine ways you can get on base:
You hit a fair ball that is not caught by a fielder before it touches the ground.
You hit a fair ball that touches the ground and is caught by a fielder whose throw fails to beat you to a base.
The umpire calls four pitches out of the strike zone during your at-bat.
A pitch in the strike zone hits you without first touching your bat.
The catcher obstructs your swing.
You hit a fair ball beyond the playing field (for a home run).
You hit a fair, catchable ball, but the fielder drops the ball, throws it away, and so on.
A third strike skips past the catcher and you beat the throw to first.