Rare "Ding-Baby" Helps Mariners Win: Mariner OF Milton Bradley
hit a pitch over the outfield fence yesterday, throwing the Mariners/Dodgers "B" game into utter confusion. Bradley, Mariner teammates and coaches stood in shocked silence until umpires informed them that this event is called a "home run," and that Bradley was permitted to run unimpeded around the bases.
Mariner coaches, sensing a trick, forced Bradley to stay on first base, but the umpires showed them a copy of the Official Baseball Rules
and Rule 6.09 (d): "The batter becomes a runner when a fair ball passes over a fence or into the stands at a distance from home base of 250 feet or more. Such hit entitles the batter to a home run when he shall have touched all bases legally."
Still wary, Bradley sprinted around the bases, knocking over the Dodgers catcher just to be on the safe side. A run was indeed awarded and the Mariners went on to hit two more "ding-babies," as I believe they are called, in a 7-1 win over L.A.READ MORE»