Have we ever witnessed a home run followed by an error on the same play? No, since the error either helps the batter to advance farther or the home run allows the batter to score without making an error. However, a muffed foul blunder followed by an HR is possible. Such incidents are very rare.
For example, in 2001, Mark McGwire hit 70 homers during the regular season; he also has eight homers this year (through June). Is it likely that we will see an error follow one of these bombs? Probably not, as errors tend to happen when there's no out available, and runners are usually at first base or third base when these balls are hit.
However, if you look at McGwire's stats from last year, you'll notice that he had two homers checked off against him after they were hit. It turned out that both batsmen were out when the errors were made, so they didn't affect the game. This shows that even though errors usually don't happen when there's no out available, they can still occur even when there is an out.
Another example is Bill Mazeroski's 1960 home run vs. the New York Yankees. Mazeroski hit a ball that went over the left field fence; although it was clear where it was going, an unexpected wind gust caused by a nearby storm blew the ball back toward the field.
Errors Committed by Two Players in the Same Play Another factor to consider is that only one error can occur on a play that advances a batter runner to a base. There is just one mistake to report if the B/R gets to first on this play. But if both players make an error, then there are two mistakes recorded for the play.
Here's how it works: If the ball hits the ground before a player touches each base (or after he leaves all bases), then he has made an error. For example, if a pitcher throws the ball and it hits the ground before any batsman is ready at the plate, then he has made an error even though no one was out. This happens quite often because batters don't always get their feet down in time when they follow through after making contact with the ball.
If a player makes an error while he is running the bases, then he will be thrown out by the umpire. If a player makes an error while he is standing still at a base, then he must return to the base before he can be awarded a new turn at bat. For example, if a player misses a step while going from first to second on a single, then he will be called out. He cannot argue with the call since he missed a step and went off the base.
A home run is scored when a batter hits a fair ball and scores on the play without being taken out or benefiting from an error. A hitter smashes the ball in the air over the outfield fence in fair territory practically every time he hits a home run. However, not all hits that reach fielders are home runs. If a batter gets a base on balls or strikes out, then it is not considered a hit and no score is kept. Otherwise, every time a batter makes contact with the ball, whether it is a foul ball or not, he would be credited with a hit.
The term "home run" came about because early baseballs were made of rubber and could only go so far. When a ball was hit over the fence it would often bounce back into the field. The first two home runs ever hit were both bounced passes at the plate. In those days there were no bases assigned to each player; instead, there were only three men on base per team during any one inning. If the batter hit the ball over the fence he would usually return to the bench before anyone could tag him out. So, the fans would cheer wildly when he returned to the game after hitting a long ball. Later, when it was realized that some of these balls were going too far to return, the term "home run" was applied to such shots.
If the runner advances by more than one base as a result of the wild throw, an error is assessed for that extra base. If the catcher's glove is touched by the bat, it is considered catcher's interference, and the catcher is called out until the batter gets a hit off the play. Otherwise, the catcher can return to the game.
Error assessments are used in several places in baseball rules. For example: if a runner scores when he should not be able to due to an error, then the scoring team gets a free run and there is no need for further action by the opposing team; if a runner is safe when he shouldn't be because of an error, then this also allows the scoring team to move ahead without having to turn around at the plate (unless something else happens first); if an infielder makes an error while fielding a ball, then either the batter gets a free pass or the other team gets a chance to score if they could have done so earlier; if a player misses a time-out call, then the other team gets a chance to replace any missing players before their lineup is announced; if a player uses all his time during an argument with the umpire, then the other team gets a chance to substitute another player in his place during the next stoppage in the action.
There are two ways errors can happen: 1 An illegal pitch. 2 A fair ball.