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Dropped foul ball followed by hit?

Let's say a batter hits a foul popup to the catcher, and it's an easy play but the catcher drops it. Later in the at-bat, the batter gets a solid hit. Is this scored as the batter reaching on an error,...
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Does the run count, or is it considered a force-out [duplicate]

Scenario: Bases loaded, two out. A ground ball is hit to third base. The runner from third crosses home plate before the runner from second is tagged out on their way to third base. Does the run count?...
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Can a starting pitcher be replaced before their first pitch?

Can the visiting team change their starting pitcher once the line ups are given to the umpires and the game begins? Example- Joe Strikeout is the starting pitcher on the line up card. The visitors ...
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What team has shortest longest losing streak within a season in MLB history?

Don't know if the wording of the title makes sense, but I want to know what team had the longest losing streak that was the shortest in MLB history (or at least the live ball era) A completely made ...
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What are the rules in baseball about how close a fielder can stand to the home plate?

In baseball can a player stand three feet from the plate in SWAT-like gear? Your team could have a line of players standing there and then a few fielders for the balls that get through and a first-...
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Would this baseball defense work?

To my recollection, if a fielder attempts to catch a batted ball before it hits the field, but then misplays it AND it falls into fair ground, then it is a fair ball. I just witnessed a high pop up ...
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Term “double-elimination game” used for the last game in a series? [closed]

We're having a friendly debate, and can't come to a conclusion on whether or not the final game of a series (game 7 world series, game 7 NBA championship...etc) is ever referred to as a "double-...
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Three two-run homers in the span of six batters

On June 2 2016 the SF Giants did this against the Atlanta Braves. The 5th innings for SF started as follows: AARON BLAIR PITCHING FOR ATLANTA Blanco walked. 0 0 Bumgarner homered to left center (...
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What happens if a base runner attempts a steal right before the pitch, then the batter hits a foul ball?

What happens if a base runner attempts a steal right before the pitch, then the batter hits a foul ball. Since the ball is dead, I would assume the base would not get stolen. I also know that on a ...
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Does a run count on a passed ball on a third strike?

Under the following scenario would the run count? With a runner on third and 2 outs, the batter swings and misses the third strike and the catcher does not catch the ball. Further the runner on ...
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if the runner advancing to second base is hit by the throw from the outfield, is he out?

If the runner advancing from first to second is hit by the ball thrown by the outfielder while not on the bag, is he out?
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Is a bunted foul ball for strike 3 a dead ball?

So figure that a batter has 2 strikes on him and bunts the ball foul for strike 3 is the ball still in play since it is considered a strikeout?
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Has a baserunner ever been hit by a batted ball?

Sometimes, the ball flies pretty low to the ground, about 6 feet or lower. Seeing as offensive players waiting on a base will often run as soon as the ball is hit, the possibility of them being hit by ...
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Can a batter in baseball hit a foul ball twice?

Unsure if that is that most accurate way of stating my question but what happens if a batter hits a foul ball that goes near the batter and he attempts to hit it again and misses or hits the ball foul ...
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What determines the coefficients in the definition of slugging percentage?

When calculating slugging percentage, why do the numbers of singles, doubles, and triples get multiplied by 2, 3 and 4, respectively, in the numerator? And, perhaps related, why does the HR count ...
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Does the run count?

Runners on 2nd and 3rd 1 out... the batter hits a drive to the OF and the ball is caught for the 2nd out. the runners advance to home and 3rd base respectively for a sac fly... However, the runner on ...
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Can a run count despite a third out?

Scenario: the bases loaded, one out. The Batter hits fly to left fielder who catches ball for 2nd out. The runner on third legally tags and scores. The runner on second however, never tags up as he ...
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Is it still a force at 2nd?

Man on first, grounder to 1st baseman, he steps on 1st to get the runner out and throws to 2nd for the double play. Is it a force at 2nd or does it become a tag play?
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Baseball pinch hitter question

A pinch hitter is up to bat. A runner on first gets thrown out at second for the third out of the inning. The pinch hitter is not substituted for the player he was pinch hitting for. In the next ...
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Has an ejection ever been reversed?

Most times when a player is ejected from the game by an ump, they attempt to argue their case. Has this ever lead to an ejection being reversed?
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What can teams do when umpire has inconsistent strike zone?

I was watching a game between the Blue Jays and the Rangers yesterday several times the ball was clearly in the strike zone and balls were called and vice versa. The Blue Jays coach was furious and ...
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What were the major transformations in pitching strategy in MLB history?

The more I get into baseball the more I'm realizing that it's a pitchers game. If a pitcher is unhittable, the opposing team cannot win. I've also read some material on early pitchers in the deadball ...
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Why don't left handed power hitters bunt against the shift?

In an MLB game, whenever a "pull-happy" left handed batter (a powerful batter who usually pulls the ball, that is, hits it to the right side) comes to the plate, the infielders often put on "the shift"...
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Baseball force play

Bases loaded, nobody out. Ground ball to pitcher, throws home for out. Catcher throws to first and the runner on first never ran and is standing on first when the first baseman catches the ball. What ...
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what happened if the player do not touch home plate?

The batter hits a home run and rounds the bases without touching home plate. His teammates surround and touch him and he takes his helmet off and is halfway to the dugout when the fans and his couch ...
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MLB awards for players who played in both leagues in one season

Many of Major League Baseball's annual player awards are awarded to two players, one each in the American and National Leagues. (For instance, MVP, Cy Young, Silver Slugger, Rookie of the Year, etc.) ...
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Umpire induces appeal play?

What do the umpires do when a game ends on a scoring play, when an appeal (not video review) by the defense would succeed? For example: bottom of the ninth, tie score, one out, runner on third. The ...
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Runner on third tags up on caught ball, the other two do not, does the run score?

Does the run count in the following situation? The bases are loaded with no outs. The batter hits a line drive to the pitcher. The runner on third base tags up by touching third base, runs home and ...
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Why are woodbats preferred to train with over aluminum bats?

Let me start this off by saying that I have played baseball my whole life, and actually played in college (not for a club team.. the actual team) and I can't think of why this method of training is ...
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How do MLB Managers do the lineup card on Jackie Robinson Day?

How are lineup cards and official scorebooks recorded on Jackie Robinson Day? Do the managers/scorekeepers use the players' regular numbers, or is it literally "42" for every player's number?
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Throwing Ball From Dugout To First Baseman after inning

This may be an Orioles only thing, but I think I've seen it elsewhere. Between innings, as the Orioles First Baseman (currently Chris Davis) runs off the field, someone from the dugout throws him a ...
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When and why did baseball players start exclusively running the bases counterclockwise?

In modern baseball, the players always run around the bases counterclockwise (anticlockwise). However, a book written in the 1830's - one of the first to describe the version of the sport we know ...
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Can a pitcher switch throwing arms at any time during an inning, or in between pitches? [duplicate]

I have been playing baseball my entire life and I just thought of this question... if a pitcher is ambidextrous (can throw with both arms), is he/she able to switch throwing arms in the middle of an ...
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Why is the stretch preferred over the wind-up?

I just recently started coaching a little kid (8 years old) and this youngster is part of a travel team. The coaches for that travel team (according to the kid and his father) have instructed all ...
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Why are the salaries of professional athletes so public?

Every major free agent signing ( at least in Baseball ) generates an enormous media buzz, and all details are completely available to whoever reads the paper. Why are the salaries of professional ...
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If a runner on first runs to second and the runner on second attempts third but comes back who is out if both runners end up on second base? [duplicate]

If you are on first and run towards second base and there is someone on second but they leave and come back, is the runner on second forced to go or is he simply just tagged out?
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How do you throw from outfield without injuries?

Whenever fielding outside the 30 yard circle, a fielder have to make harder and faster throws(and every time I end up with a painful shoulder). How to effectively throw the ball from outfield ...
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Shouldn't they call it a fair pole?

I didn't find a dupe on this and it's an age old topic BUT.... Why do they call it a foul pole? Fly ball, hits the foul pole and it's a home run. That doesn't make any sense to me. So my ...
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How many players allowed on a high school baseball team?

How many players can you have on a high school baseball team? In middle school last year we were allowed to have 15 players and we did but ended the season with 9.
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If the pitcher throws to 1st base to try to get the base runner out, is the runner on 2nd allowed to run to 3rd?

There are runners on 2nd and 1st base, and they're both leading off. The pitcher throws to 1st to try to get him out - is the runner on 2nd base allowed to run to 3rd?
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Download baseball reference data with player IDs

Is there a simple way to download a season of player data from Baseball-Reference.com that includes their player ID? I can download data with the player names, but I need the player ID they use to ...
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Double switch in Baseball?

I know it is specific to the National League home games but what is the purpose/strategy and the rules of a double switch in Baseball?
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How to lower 30 yard time

I'm a HS freshman and baseball is coming up soon. Last year, I ran a 3.5 at 30 yards. I would like to get quicker for baseball. Can anyone give me some drills or workouts that would shave off about .2 ...
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How did Hideki Matsui's “one day” signing affect the Yankees' 40-man roster?

Hideki Matsui, a Japanese player, played for a Japanese baseball team, then the New York Yankees for several years, then several more U.S. teams. On July 28, 2013, he signed a final one day contract ...
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Ball goes through the strike zone, but the catcher doesn't catch the ball?

I'm still learning the basics of baseball, so please excuse my ignorance. If a ball is pitched through the strike zone, but the catcher doesn't catch the ball, does this count as a ball or strike?
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80 as opposed to 100 pitches in training as a starting pitcher

I was listening to Tom Verducci describe The Mets' Steven Matz and he said he usually only throws about 80 pitches. He then said he shouldn't throw a usual 100 or 110 like Harvey or deGrom. He said he ...
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Why don't pitchers throw a combination of overhand and sidearm?

If I was going to teach someone to pitch I would want to teach them to pitch both sidearm and overhand. I think the combination of the two styles would help to confuse batters because they would not ...
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What are the most significant differences between the NCAA and MLB rulesets?

What are the most significant differences between the NCAA baseball and MLB rulesets? I'm aware this is somewhat subjective, so please try and keep answers to those differences which have the most ...
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Is this a legal way to tag-up and run faster?

Scenario: With 1 out and a runner on third-base, the batter hits a sacrificial fly ball to right field, enabling the runner to head for home. Traditionally, the runner sits on third until the fly is ...
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Scorekeeping a fielder on a Sacrifice Fly

Currently I know that in a baseball game (Major League Baseball), a sacrifice fly is scored to the batter acting in an attempt to forfeit their attempt at a score (aka get on base) to allow someone ...