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Puzzle ID:#4285
Fun:*** (2.34)
Difficulty:** (2.01)
Submitted By:bobbrt*****
Corrected By:rose_rox




In major league baseball, there are six ways for the batter to make it safely to first base without getting a hit. What are they?

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Jun 01, 2002

uuuhhhhhhhhh..... don't you have to get a hit to have number 4 and 6 happen?
Jun 01, 2002

and also what about a balk?
Jun 02, 2002

For 4 and 6 to happen, the batter has to hit the ball, but this does not make it "a hit". Put simply, a hit occurs when the batter puts the ball into fair territory and the defense can't get him or any other offensive players out. In 4 and 6, the defense could have gotten the batter out but either made an error or decided to get someone else out instead.

As far as a balk is concerned, only runners already on base advance on a balk. The batter stays where he is.
Jun 03, 2002

I would like to say that you could also get on base if the game you were playing in was rained out, and you started the game, then you were traded, before the next game was played, the other team would be forced to let someone on your previous team go on base for their loss
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Jun 04, 2002

pinch runner
Jun 04, 2002

I like Scholar's thinking on this, although I should have worded the question to say that there are six ways for A BATTER to make it to first safely - that was the intent of the question.
Paranoid, you're just thinking too hard. Don't hurt yourself.
Dec 10, 2002

Bobbrt's clarification rules this out,
but if you wanted to push this towards
the "Trick" category, you could add:
7) Take the field as the first baseman.
Dec 28, 2003

Oh, man! I'm a baseball nut and this teaser is like mana!
Jan 12, 2004

Method 5 (catcher dropping the ball on a third strike) would be a passed ball. The batter could also make it to first on a wild pitch, provided it was the third strike.
Apr 29, 2005

You guys are all talking another language to me... I figured there is only ONE way. MOVE!!!
Jun 27, 2005

I have an umping job tomorrow, i shud know that. oops.
Jul 03, 2005

i said the same as kcelf27. pretty obvious (then again ,as i've said many times b4, im british so i dont understand baseball
Oct 01, 2005

Sorry, we don't have baseball here.
Oct 21, 2005

I thought it was...

the first, the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth, and the sixth...

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