How Many Ways Can a Batter Get On Base Without Hitting the Ball In Baseball?

In baseball, there are six ways a batter can get on base without hitting the ball.

Most people know about walking after being pitched four balls or being hit by a ball.

But, according to the official rule book, you also get an automatic ticket to first base if the catcher drops the third strike;

if the catcher interferes while you are trying to bat;

if a pitched ball or one thrown in order to catch a man on base “goes into a stand or a bench, or over or through a field fence or back-stop”;

or if, on what would have been either ball four or strike three, a pitch “passes the catcher and lodges in the umpire’s mask or paraphernalia.”

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