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Does a run scored on a tag out on a forced runner?

The situation: Runners at third and first, ball is hit to the second basemen, 2nd basemen goes to tag the runner out. Runner stops, runner on third scores and then 2nd basement tags the runner, does ...
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Why are there so many pitcher types in baseball?

I understand when the various types of pitchers come on: starter, middle reliever, setup, closer. But if the starter was good enough for 6 innings, why not similarly have one pitcher pitch all the ...
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How do pro baseball (or cricket) players decide who should catch a fly ball?

In baseball, it often happens that a fly ball is hit where two or more fielders would have a chance to catch it. In that case, the fielders have to agree as to who will make the catch. If they ...
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Are more runs scored in the seventh inning due to the “changeover”?

I have been told that more runs are scored in the seventh inning of baseball games than any other inning. The reason would be the "changeover." If the starter is still pitching the seventh inning, ...
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Is the 25 game suspension for Chris Davis too much?

Chris Davis just got a 25 game suspension for violation of the MLB's drug program for use of Adderall. He had a medical exemption in the past, but for whatever reason did not have one this year. I ...
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Before the season began, what odds did Vegas give the Orioles of winning the AL East in 2014?

Looking at various websites' pre-season predictions for the major league baseball teams, many at places like ESPN and MLB.com had the Red Sox and Rangers doing very well and the Orioles typically out ...
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What is a “Baltimore chop” and why is it called that?

(I'm double asking because i'm pretty sure i know the answer to the first half, but would like confirmation anyways.) Playing baseball yesterday, a batter chopped a ground ball hard, over the ...
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runner in scoring position batting average

Is "runner in scoring position" batting average a meaningful statistic? I am simply a casual fan, but here is my logic. Either one of these universes is reality: 1) when there are runners in ...
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Why might a batter wear a leg brace?

Watching an MLB Gameday live lookin today (7/6, NYM@CIN), I noticed Brayan Pena of the Reds batting with a leg brace. He singled, and removed the brace at first brace? Why might someone do this?
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What are the dynamics of trading one veteran for several prospects?

This question can be answered for any sport, but the one I understand best is baseball. The Phillies' GM Reuben Amaro made a statement that prospects were overvalued in the marketplace, which is to ...
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How far apart are the bases in non-major league games?

I was recently at a single-A baseball game, and I'm not a great judge of distance, but I wasn't sure that the bases were a whole 90 feet apart. How far apart are the bases in the minor leagues, and ...
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Baseball runner called out but still runs like he was safe drawing a throw allowing another runner to advance

Here is the situation. Runners at first and second nobody out. Grounder to second throws out the runner going to second. Called out clearly by the umpire. The relay to first for the double play is ...
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Does tying up a glove help break it in?

My brother decided that in order to help break in his baseball glove, he would put a ball inside and tie the glove closed. Does this actually do anything? (Note: An experiment with this isn't really ...
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Why is it called a “payoff pitch”?

A pitch on a full count (3-2) is also known as a "payoff pitch". I assume it's because the at-bat usually ends there (pays off), but it seems to preclude a foul ball. In fact, i just heard "the ...
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Does a run score if the batter is tagged for the 3rd out before he reaches first?

There is a runner on third with two out. Batter hits a slow roller to first base. First baseman charges and picks up the ball. Runner from third crosses home. First baseman tags the runner running ...
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Who would hear a protest in an Inter-league game?

In a game between the Chicago White Sox and the San Francisco Giants on 8/13/2014, the White Sox manager was ejected for arguing the application of the newly-clarified rule that a catcher may not ...
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How would you score a hidden ball trick?

If the defense runs a hidden ball trick on a base runner and gets him out, how would it be officially scored? How about a scenario: The defense meets on the mound where the second baseman is given ...
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Pitcher responsible for scored runs

Which pitcher is responsible for the players left on base when the original pitcher leaves the game? For example, Pitcher A, is pulled out of the game with 2 men left on base. A reliever - Pitcher B ...
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Can a baseball player stop at a base after a home run?

Suppose a player needs a triple to complete the cycle. In the ninth innings, the player hits a solo home run. Suppose that the game is a blowout, has no postseason implications, and so on such that ...
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Is a base runner automatically out if they stop advancing when forced to their next base?

Here's a situation that came up during a back lot league softball game a few weeks ago. (Note: While our league has some of its own rules we try to defer to MLB rules in all causes that aren't ...
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How do (National League) managers decide when to “pinch hit” for their pitchers?

You're in the top of the seventh inning with a 1-1 tied score. Your starter has thrown about 80 pitches, meaning that he's good for at least one, maybe two, more innings. Your bullpen is tired, but is ...
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How does arbitration work in baseball?

First, my understanding is that they use professional labor arbitrators, not people with a strong specific knowledge of baseball. So "old" metrics, hits, runs, RBIs and ERAs count for more than on ...
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Can you play baseball more or less defensively?

In football (and I'm sure many other sports) if you're a goal down, you can push up with more attackers, and put more pressure on the opponent to try and get a goal back. If you're leading by a goal ...
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Has a pitcher ever struck out nine consecutive batters in MLB?

Has any pitcher in a competitive Major League Baseball game ever struck out nine consecutive batters (in other words, the whole side)? Has anyone ever done this from first pitch, striking out the ...
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Why are baseball parks allowed to be be so different?

A football field has exactly 100 yards between to "end zones" of a specified size, and a specific width. Likewise, the dimensions of a soccer field, hockey rink, tennis or basketball courts are highly ...
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What is the lowest overall baseball draft pick that has played in a major league game?

In an answer to this question, a pro coach "justified" his publicity stunt of picking Johnny Manziel (a football player) with the 837th overall pick by saying, "No 837th pick has ever played in a ...
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How do minor league deals work?

(Unlike some of my other recent questions, this one is primarily about baseball.) Most minor leaguers are players just drafted out of high school or college, and working their way up (hopefully) to ...
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What are the dynamics of “like for like” trades?

Feel free to answer using any sport although my example comes from baseball. A recent example was the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Angels trading (failed) closers, Jason Grilli and Ernesto ...
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How does a multiple player trade work?

Team 1 begins by going to Team 2 and offers X for Y. Team 2 counters by saying, I don't think X is as valuable as Y, so I want X and Z for Y. That would be a "two for one." Team 1 says, I don't ...
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How does a three team trade work?

Now that we are approaching the MLB trade deadline, I would like to ask some questions about unusual trades. The first is about three team trades. Suppose a manager of team A goes to the manager of ...
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How could pitchers once pitch both games of a doubleheader?

It was once not unheard for pitchers to pitch both games of a doubleheader, even to throw back-to-back complete games: The most distinguished doubleheader pitching achievement was that of “Big ...
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Would a catcher have an advantage batting against a former teammate pitcher?

When a pitcher and a catcher play together on the same team, the catcher ends up being able to spot pitches much better than he would against a pitcher he was familiar with. (This can be seen in the ...
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How does “optioning” a player to the minor leagues work?

If a baseball team needs to make room on its 25 man roster, it may send one of its newer players back to the minor leagues. Apparently, this is done through a process of "optioning" the player back ...
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Spectators involved in play

In baseball, if a fielder reaches into the stands to attempt a catch, a spectator has an equal right to try to catch the ball. Is there any difference if the fielder is reaching over the fence into ...
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When *exactly* is a player eligible to come off the MLB disabled list?

I guess I'm essentially asking if the time limit is inclusive or exclusive. For example: A player is placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 1. Does that mean that he is eligible to return (at ...
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Are baseball game-winning hits off the bench becoming more common?

It seems that every day a player comes off the bench with runners in scoring position for a game-winning hit. Are these walkoffs in baseball becoming more statistically common? They are usually ...
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How much does it cost to protect against a CC Sabathia situation?

CC Sabathia, supposedly the New York Yankees' ace pitcher, is 33 years old and 290 pounds. More to the point, he is out for the rest of the season (pessimistic reports say for the rest of his career), ...
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What are the best strategies for a game winning run with 1 out and a runner on 3rd?

Say the game is tied in the bottom of the 9th, you have a runner on third and one out, what is the best strategy for scoring a run and winning the game? Is it a play that requires the current batter ...
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Do minor league baseball clubs pay the players?

MLB baseball teams send developing players to minor league affiliates. Do the proceeds from minor league games to to play the players or the major league team, or does the owner of the minor league ...
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The most successful non-pitchers on the mound

A couple of seasons ago, Baltimore's Chris ("Crush") Davis filled in as an emergency pitcher in a long, extra-inning game, pitching 2 innings and not giving up a run. What non-pitcher has the best ...
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College World Series winners winning a World Series Ring

I remember watching the College World Series in Omaha as a kid in the 1960s, and I remember watching Sal Bando and Rick Monday play for Arizona State. Are there any MLB players who have played on a ...
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Is a balk scored differently from a "base on balls?

Let's say you have men on first and third. The batter draws a "base on (four balls), and goes to first. The man on first is "pushed" to second, but the man on third stays where he is, because there is ...
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Is there a “hypernym” for “free base.”

Is there a common word for "base on (four) balls," hit by pitch, balk, or anything else that might let a batter get on first base without hitting the ball? The term I liked to use was "walk," but I've ...
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What's the purpose of making a “below slot” high round draft pick?

This question applies to Major League Baseball, where teams have an "allowance" on which they can spend for players in various slots. In the first round, the Pittsburgh Pirates surprised many people, ...
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What is the protocol for switching a pitcher between positions?

It's kind of rare, but I've heard that it is possible to "relieve" a pitcher without removing him from the game--by making him a position player such as an outfielder. My understanding is that the ...
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Why do the Oakland As value a low strikeout rate?

Last year, the Oakland A's traded Grant Green to the Los Angeles As for Alberto Collaspo. Both had similar statistics (as of 2013), and both can play second base. (Collaspo has since been moved to ...
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Knuckleball in Tennis? Shot without spin?

Knuckleball in baseball is a ball without spin where the interaction with seams and the air fluids result into very sporadic flight paths that can change during the flight. I have observed ...
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How is an elite or ace pitcher defined in baseball? [closed]

If a staff hurler makes it to the big leagues they have demonstrated a high level of skill and produced quantifiable statistics such as ERA, wins, strikeouts, quality starts or FIP. But which commonly ...
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Where is the lower limit for a (baseball) strike?

Yesterday, watching the Pirates-Mets game, I saw the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen called out on a third strike. The pitched ball was clearly over the plate, but "low." IMHO, it should, or at least could, ...
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Batter delay of game

Why is the batter allowed to wander in and out of the box? Doesn't this amount to delay of the game? The pitcher has 12 seconds to throw the ball after he receives it from the catcher. Apparently he ...