Questions about the sport of baseball. The [mlb] tag should also be used if the question concerns Major League Baseball directly.

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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 ...
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What happens when an umpire (MLB) calls time improperly?

An umpire called time when the ball should be left live. Some players heeded his call (or claim they did!) while others continued with the play. How is the situation resolved? EDIT: inspired by ...
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Is MLB Statcast data permanently archived somewhere?

Major League Baseball has begun collecting a set of physics data under the name "Statcast", including such information as the exit velocity of notable home runs. I would like to know if this data is ...
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Why did Game 1 of the 2015 ALDS have a start time that depended on another game?

Game 1 of the ALDS Blue Jays Game this past Thursday was set to begin at either 3:37 p.m. and 4:07 p.m. (depending on who won the Yankees-Astros wildcard game). Why were there two start times?
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Are Major League Baseball players allowed to wear nonstandard hats in the dugout?

On Sept 30th, the Blue Jays clinched the divisional title in the first game of a double-header. There were many shots, in the last few minutes of the first game, of players in the dugout waiting to ...
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Real-time baseball data?

I want to make a display using arduino that shows "who's on first" etc at yankee stadium. So, I'm looking for a real-time feed with that info. What are my options?
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Does MLB rules prevent blocking home plate on infield hits

Are catchers allowed to block the plate before they receive the ball if the ball is fielded in the infield ?
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Does a pitcher receive an earned run if he makes an error?

I know if a runner crosses a plate on an error made by a defending player, the run doesn't count as earned to the pitcher but if the runner scores because of an error made by the pitcher, shouldn't ...
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Baseball and DWar

Two part question really. What is the formula for calculating DWar? Also, as I understand it; it seems to rely on some stats that were historically considerably less stringently monitored than say ...
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Jackie Robinson's Caught Stealing Totals

I'm doing some analysis on Jackie Robinson's career. I'm using both Retrosheet and Lahman's database in order get his performance per game and overall stats respectively. The thing is that I see ...
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Do MLB starting pitchers get paid per start or per game they are on the roster?

MLB starting pitchers play every 5 games. Do they get paid only for each start they make or do they earn for each game in between starts as well?
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Why do Minor League baseball teams relocate often?

I'm a Mets fan and over the years I've constantly heard of their MiLB team relocating from town to town. Their AAA team was in Norfolk, VA then somewhere else, now it's in Las Vegas, NV. Their A team ...
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Term or Stat for when a baseball pitcher is responsible for the team's win, both offensively and defensively?

Is there a term or a recorded statistic for when a baseball pitcher is responsible for winning the game both defensively and offensively? i.e... 1. The pitcher batted and had an RBI/Run, which ...
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Relief/Closing pitcher statistics

I was wondering about some of the stats that you regularly see in baseball, and what criteria must be met to achieve such a stat, primarily with the relief and closing pitchers. I understand that a ...
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Aroldis Chapman's Speed

I know that he has the record for the fastest pitch ever, but there is an hilarious stat that I found (but now cannot find again) once showing the 20 or so fastest pitches since 2000. I think Chapman ...
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Signing a player before trading him [duplicate]

Imagine the following completely hypothetical scenario: I have Chris Davis on my team (I am Dan Duquette). I know that Chris will be a free agent next year, and I want to keep him. I sign him to a ...
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Has a pitcher ever homered in an All-Star game?

With runs at a premium at times in All-Star games, and I know DH's are used in some games, has a pitcher ever homered in an All-Star game?
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How to break in a pitchers glove?

When I look at mlb pitchers their gloves seem to have a specific breakpoint compared to infielders/outfielders. Any ideas on their breakpoints?
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What has historically been the effect of a long rain delay on a pitcher's arm?

By "long" delay, I mean an hour or more. On one hand, a pitcher that has pitched two or three innings, and is interrupted by rain gets a chance to rest. On the other hand, perhaps a pitcher has ...
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Is it possible for a runner to advance if the batter doesn't hit the ball?

Let's say the pitcher throws the ball but the batter does not hit it. Can someone at first,second or third proceed to the next base?
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Why do some places have gravel baseball fields?

I was talking with some friends that said in Nova Scotia, gravel baseball infields were all they have every played on. I had never seen a gravel infield until I moved up here. Is there a specific ...
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MLB: Gray area concerning runners passing each other rule

I was just watching the cubs - mets game on TV (7/1/15) and in the bottom of the 8th, a bit of a bizarre play transpired, which seemed to stump the umpires and commentators alike. There were runners ...
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What do managers do when a closer blows the save?

Would they pull him for the tenth inning in most cases? I know that they're generally one-inning specialists but would they go to a setup man or something after?
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What happens if only one runner reaches base on a double steal? [duplicate]

There are two outs, with men on first and third. The one man leaves first and gets caught in a rundown. The other man steals home as a result. The first man gets tagged out, but not before the other ...
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How often has a major league team hit only a home run and a triple in a single game?

On June 26, 2015, the Mets had two hits, a home run (Granderon) and a triple (Hererra), but no singles or doubles, and they won the game (2-1 over the Reds). Did the Mets pull off a baseball first? ...
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Baseball Glove Has A Ridge In It

I got this new glove, but while I was watching some videos of youtube of gloves, all the gloves don't have a ridge down the middle of the glove.(Around where the part where you close it is.) I was ...