The batter squares to bunt as the pitch is made. He leaves his bat over the plate, but does not make an effort to lay down a bunt. If the pitch is not in the strike zone is it considered to be a strike, if the batter does not attempt to pull his bat back from over the plate?
According to MLB Umpire Answer: There is no restriction about the batter holding his bat over the plate. In order for the umpire to rule a strike, the batter must attempt to "strike" at the ball (see Rule 5.03 and the definition of "Strike"). We often say the batter has "offered" at the pitch if he attempts to hit it. Just leaving the bat in the zone is not “offering”.
However, many times local umpires have told me that just leaving the bat in the zone is considered a strike. Can someone please provide me with clarification. My research seems to indicate that this is one of those baseball myths.
Hopefully someone can clarify for me