Weaver: What do you think it means to ‘strike out the side’?

From Levi Weaver at The Athletic on April 17, 2019:

I think I know what it means to strike out the side.

I sent a message to The Athletic’s MLB Slack channel, just to make sure (I am confident, but I am not cavalier). Our MLB Managing Editor Emma Span assured me that I was correct. I double-checked on Google to see where on earth Jon B. would even get such a cockamamie idea.

Little did I know: Jon B. is not alone. In fact, the more research I did, the more I discovered that this controversy is one of the debates that threatens to rip apart the very fabric of the game: does it still count as striking out the side if a batter reaches?

I had to find out.

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Originally published: April 19, 2019. Last Updated: April 19, 2019.