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Monday, March 06, 2006

Home plate dimensions in baseball

Ask Jack: ON THE DIMENSIONS OF THE HOME PLATE, DOES THAT INCLUDE THE OUTSIDE BLACK EDGING? CC on 3/6/06

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  • Jack sez: The actual dimensions of the home plate used in baseball and softball are noted below as follows. Try to follow my word diagram.

    The longest section that is parallel to the plate for the pitcher is 17 inches wide. The two short sides that are parallel to the batters box are 8.5 inches long. The two angled sides that come to a point toward the catcher is are 12 inches long. The black border around home plate is not a part of these measurements.

    However, when listening to television announcers, they frequently mention that the umpire called the pitch a strike because the ball went across the black area. The strike zone, by rule, is the white part of the plate. Leagues and umpires have changed the size of the strike zone over the years. They have done this to help either the batters or the pitchers

    By Blogger Jack, at 8:23 AM  



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