- Kelso, WA
That is the rule but refs never call it unless the batter is leaning into the ball when it's over the plate. I absolutely hate the rule. Anyone wearing armor should be exempt for the HBP rule. Rizzo is always among the league leaders in HBP. At least he doesn't wear all the extra guards when he leans in to the pitch. He does crowd the plate.
The only time ever saw that rule enforced was once -- in a college world series game.