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Ball hit into right field 

Line drive hits off a bird and goes the opposite way and goes to the fence. What is the call?

Is the play still live after hitting the bird? Or is this a dead ball? If it is a dead ball, where would you put the runner?

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From the 2018 Minor League Baseball Umpire Manual (p. 137):

If a batted or thrown ball strikes a bird in flight or other animal on the playing field, consider the ball alive and in play the same as if it had not touched the bird or animal. If a pitched ball strikes a bird in flight or other animal on the playing field the pitch is nullified and play shall be resumed with the previous count.

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54 minutes ago, Senor Azul said:

From the 2018 Minor League Baseball Umpire Manual (p. 137):

If a batted or thrown ball strikes a bird in flight or other animal on the playing field, consider the ball alive and in play the same as if it had not touched the bird or animal. If a pitched ball strikes a bird in flight or other animal on the playing field the pitch is nullified and play shall be resumed with the previous count.

Wait, so line drive down the line, hits a bird in flight over fair territory, then falls foul because of that, foul ball?

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From the 2016 BRD (section 105, p. 88):

Play 80-105:  A batted ball hits a sea gull in left field. Ruling:  The ball is fair or foul depending on the position of the ball WHEN IT HITS THE GROUND OR THE FIELDER. Such a ball may be caught for an out.

Nate, check out a video on YouTube titled Top 10 Bird Moments. It includes four Major League Baseball instances of birds involved in the play. Probably the most famous of them is the time Randy Johnson threw a pitch in a Spring training game and obliterated a mourning dove. Also included is the incident involving Dave Winfield who managed to kill a sea gull in Toronto in 1983. He was actually charged with animal cruelty by the local police. Fortunately, the charges were eventually dropped.

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2 hours ago, Senor Azul said:

From the 2016 BRD (section 105, p. 88):

Play 80-105:  A batted ball hits a sea gull in left field. Ruling:  The ball is fair or foul depending on the position of the ball WHEN IT HITS THE GROUND OR THE FIELDER. Such a ball may be caught for an out.

Nate, check out a video on YouTube titled Top 10 Bird Moments. It includes four Major League Baseball instances of birds involved in the play. Probably the most famous of them is the time Randy Johnson threw a pitch in a Spring training game and obliterated a mourning dove. Also included is the incident involving Dave Winfield who managed to kill a sea gull in Toronto in 1983. He was actually charged with animal cruelty by the local police. Fortunately, the charges were eventually dropped.

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9 hours ago, Biscuit said:

Wait, so line drive down the line, hits a bird in flight over fair territory, then falls foul because of that, foul ball?

A FAIR BALL is a batted ball that settles on fair ground between
home and first base, or between home and third base, or that is on or over
fair territory when bounding to the outfield past first or third base, or that
touches first, second or third base, or that first falls on fair territory on or
beyond first base or third base, or that, while on or over fair territory
touches the person of an umpire or player, or that, while over fair territory,
passes out of the playing field in flight.

A FOUL BALL is a batted ball that settles on foul territory
between home and first base, or between home and third base, or that
bounds past first or third base on or over foul territory, or that first falls
on foul territory beyond first or third base, or that, while on or over foul
territory, touches the person of an umpire or player, or any object foreign
to the natural ground
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