#Hot Corner

Ground-rule doubles vs. automatic doubles

Dilip Vishwanat

Rob yells at me a lot. Well, we work remotely, but he types in all-caps a lot when I do something wrong. And when I first started, I discovered that one of the things that rankles him the most is when people confuse automatic doubles for ground-rule doubles.

See, an "automatic double" is a ball that bounces and goes over a fence. That's not a ground rule in a select few ballparks because every ballpark has a fence.

But a "ground-rule double" is something specific to that ballpark at that moment. Say, a ball getting stuck under a bullpen bench or stuck in the ivy with Andre Dawson. Or perhaps GETTING SUCKED INTO THE MAW OF A BASEBALL-EATING FENCE:

That was off the bat of Daniel Murphy at Busch Stadium, and it was most definitely a ground-rule double. Keith Hernandez said he's never seen that. Keith Hernandez has seen a lot of baseball. Feels like Turner should have gotten a homer for that. Or a two-foot-tall stuffed gorilla, at least.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.