Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
I've heard announcers say that when a batter fouled one back into the screen, that means he's right on the pitch and juuuust missed it. However, I've never understood the correlation.
Why not? The action of hitting a rounded bat on a round ball is determined by the smallest of measurements and to foul it straight back I would venture it was not because he was late or early but was under it the smallest fraction of a measurement from sending it the other direction.