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American Former Baseball Outfielder, Michael Morse Hits Invisible Home Run?

A few days ago, a fascinating video featuring Michael Morse, an American former baseball outfielder, went viral across social media platforms. The clip depicted Morse seemingly using an invisible bat to connect with an invisible ball. The viral post by a prominent user @CodifyBaseball, claimed that this event took place in 2012 when MLB (Major League Baseball) experimented with a strange concept: allowing players to swing invisible bats and pretend to hit actual home runs. The video seeming was circulated in order to get the social media spotlight and attention.

The Source and Circulated Claims

The source of this extraordinary incident was a video found on the MLB YouTube channel. The footage captured Morse’s actions in a game, where he hit a deep fly ball that rebounded off the fence. Initially, the umpires signaled that the ball was still in play and Morse was tagged out at first base. However, upon review, the umpires reversed the decision due to an out-of-play back wall at Busch Stadium. This reevaluation transformed Morse’s hit into a grand slam.

The confusion surrounding the play continued to escalate. Morse returned to the batter’s box, executed a mock swing of the invisible bat, and commenced his journey around the bases. The play-by-play call during the event added to the surreal nature of the situation. Bob Carpenter’s exclamation of “There it goes! Right field, it is deep! SEE. YOU. LATER. Grand Slam, the Nationals are on top by four.” encapsulated the baffling scene.

Subsequently, the game transitioned from comedic to dramatic, with the Cardinals scoring three runs in the seventh inning and eventually tying the game in the ninth, leading to extra innings. Nonetheless, the Nationals managed to secure victory when Kurt Suzuki hit a crucial double to score Adam LaRoche and Danny Espinosa. The final score stood at Nationals 6, Cardinals 4. The Nationals were now poised to secure their first National League East crown.


Contrary to the circulating claims, the video of Michael Morse’s “invisible home run” was not the result of an MLB experiment in 2012. Instead, it was a real game situation where a combination of unusual circumstances and the stadium’s layout led to Morse’s grand slam. The video, available on the MLB YouTube channel, showcases Morse’s unconventional hit and subsequent base-running. Following comprehensive analysis and meticulous fact-checking, our team has investigated the claim. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread embedded below. Moreover, for better clarity, you can refer to an article by USA Today [archive]

Claim: Michael Morse’s “invisible home run” was a result of an MLB experiment in 2012.

Fact: The video showcases a real game scenario where Michael Morse’s grand slam was influenced by unique circumstances, debunking the notion of an MLB experiment.

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