Entry from US English dictionary
A pitched ball that tips off the bat and travels directly to the catcher’s hands. Unlike a foul ball, a foul tip can be a batter’s third strike.
- It is not a foul tip unless it is caught, and any foul tip that is caught is a strike, and the ball is in play.
- He cited the same reasons that many other catchers have for why they will squat on every pitch, sweat in all that gear and absorb foul tips and baserunners.
- They take all kinds of abuse - they block balls, they get bashed by foul tips.
- Example sentences
- Gil Coan, fleet-footed outfielder for the Senators, recalls a game in which he foul-tipped a ball into the mitt of Red Sox catcher Birdie Tebbetts on an 0-2 count.
- Richie Sexson worked an 0-2 count full but foul-tipped a knee-high fastball into Barajas’ glove.
- Accordingly, for example, even if a foul-tipped ball strikes against the bank portion on the thumb side of the catcher's mitt, the mitt is hardly deviated, or shifted, relative to the hand.
For editors and proofreaders
Syllabification: foul tip
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