A batter’s box is a technical term used in Baseball to describe the rectangle drawn on the baseball field, where the batter is positioned to swing. There are two kinds of batter’s boxes: the first one is for the right-handed batters and the other one is for the left-handed. The estimated measurement of the batter’s box is about 4 feet in width and 6 feet in length. They are written by white chalk with 6 inches to the left and right of the home plate.

What Does the Batter Do in the Batter’s Box?

The batter has to position himself inside the box to hit the ball. If he steps outside of the box while contacting the ball, then the umpire will call him out. The batter can stand anywhere in the box depending on their preferences and the direction of the incoming pitch. If they’re standing forward in the batter’s box, then it can give them an edge by reaching breaking balls. However, if they are standing back to the box, it gives them more time and a better position to prepare for the fastball and curveball.

The Batter’s Responsibility

Before the batter becomes a baserunner and advance to the first base, the batter has to remain in the batter’s box until the opposing pitcher has thrown the ball towards the batter. Just in case he footsteps out of the batter’s box while batting the ball, then he may not advance to the next base. If the batted bat hits the batter inside the batter’s box will be considered as a foul ball. If he left the batter’s box, then it will be counted in the fair territory even if it’s a foul ball. A batter can only step outside the box if the umpire had told them so, which is discussed in section 6 of the MLB rules and regulations.

What Happens if the Batter Touched the Ball Outside the Box?

As mentioned, it’s illegal for the batter to step outside the box while in contact with the ball. If he does, then he will be called out by the umpire. He must pose himself inside the box while preparing for the incoming, so he can accurately hit the ball.