Scoring In Haiku: Fielder's Choice

On Twitter today, @wrigleygirl confessed to not understanding the scoring rule for a fielder's choice.  I explained it in haiku:

Batter hits ground ball
Fielder chooses a force out
Batter safe at first

Counts as out, not hit
Hope you can see why, cause I'm
Out of syllables

For those who are interested, here's the actual definition from the MLB rule book:

FIELDER'S CHOICE is the act of a fielder who handles a fair grounder and, instead of throwing to first base to put out the batter runner, throws to another base in an attempt to put out a preceding runner. The term is also used by scorers

(a) to account for the advance of the batter runner who takes one or more extra bases when the fielder who handles his safe hit attempts to put out a preceding runner;

(b) to account for the advance of a runner (other than by stolen base or error) while a fielder is attempting to put out another runner; and

(c) to account for the advance of a runner made solely because of the defensive team's indifference (undefended steal).

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  • Thanks so much...loved it!!! :)

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