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Old 04-05-2018, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by robardin View Post
Is a pitch grazing a player's beard considered a hit by pitch? Since the ball grazing the uniform (and not actually striking the batter's body) is deemed a HBP, it would see one's beard would count, too. So, could a batter grow out a really long, Pharaonic or Ancient Assyrian type beard, waxed stiff, that jutted out 2 feet from his chin... And move in such a way as to intentially draw contact with a pitch to get on base?
If the intention is to make the beard, and therefore the batter, more hittable, I think you'd want it to cover as much area as possible. Rather than a slender, Pharaonic beard, I think you'd do better with a large fan shape, akin to a pelican.