Sunday, December 2, 2012
The pitcher shall deliver the pitch to the batter who may elect to strike the ball, or who may not offer at it, as he chooses.
In order for the umpire to rule a strike, the batter must attempt to "strike" at the ball. A batter that merely holds his bat over the plate and makes no attempt to make contact with the baseball has not attempted to strike at the ball. There is no penalty for leaving the bat over the plate and not withdrawing it. The pitch is called either a ball or a strike based upon its proximity to the strike zone.
Batter holds bat in the strike zone, but does not attempt to strike at the ball