Batting Out of Turn
A proper appeal in this case is only effective if the
defensive team appeals after the improper batter completes the at-bat, but
before the next pitch or play. If the defensive team appeals in the middle of
the at-bat, the correct batter assumes the count. There is no other
If the defensive team waits until after the next pitch, the
play stands and the proper batter is the one following the one who batted out
If there is a proper appeal, then the batter who should have
batted is out, and the proper batter is the next batter.
plays (steals, balks, etc.) during the at-bat count, regardless of when the
appeal is made.
(see the rule book for more), all
assuming a batting order of Al, Bill, Chuck, and Dave, with Al due to lead off
Skipped Batter - Bill bats first and singles. Defense
appeals - Al is out (one out) and Bill bats again with nobody on.
#1 - Bill bats first and singles. Al comes up and takes a ball, on which Bill
steals second. Defense appeals - No one is out, but Chuck is now the proper
batter, so he comes up and assumes Al's 1-0 count. Bill remains at
Switch #2 - Bill bats first and singles. Al comes up and
singles. Defense appeals - Chuck is out, Al goes to the bench, Bill goes back
to first, and Dave is the next batter.