Just thought about this while playing wiffleball earlier. During a baseball/softball/wiffleball game, can a switch-hitting batter just switch positions in-between pitches during an at-bat or when he calls time? I know this could be dangerous or just an odd thing to do but I've never heard rules against it so is it allowed?
According to baseballrules.com:
A batter may switch to the other box after every pitch if he so desires. He may do it on any ball strike count. One of the oldest myths in baseball is the one that says you can't switch boxes when you have two strikes on you.
The only restriction on the batter is that he may not step into the other box after the pitcher is in position ready to pitch. Rule 6.06(b)
So by the wording of the MLB rule, the batter can't switch batters boxes after the pitcher is set:
6.06 (b) He steps from one batters box to the other while the pitcher is in position ready to pitch;
There appear to be no other restrictions specific to switch-hitters.
You are allowed out of the box after a strike or ball if you call timeout as the batter... If the umpire grants you time then walk around and enter the other batter's box.
You can switch sides in between pitches. No rule says that you can't, only if the pitcher is in position. I'm an umpire.
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