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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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 ...
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Where does the fan keeping score tradition in baseball come from?

Many people go to games and manually keep track of the run's, hits, errors? Does this come from years of tradition from times when scoreboards were not around at the park?
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What does each part of this scorecard represent in baseball?

I'm trying to figure out the rules and any online explanations of scorecards don't match up with the abbreviated TV graphics.
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Is it permissible to wear body protection material or gear under the clothing when keeping wickets in cricket?

Can you wear baseball keepers' protective gear under your clothing in cricket?
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Why is a “squeeze bunt” referred to as such?

This refers to a bunt with the runner on third base. Why isn't a bunt referred to as a squeeze bunt with runners on other bases? Or is it a special type of bunt (e.g. toward the first base line) to ...
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In baseball, what is the “inside corner”?

When I listen to baseball games, announcers will mention that pitches are on the inside corner. Presumably, the inside corner of the strike zone. What I don't understand is that the strike zone, to ...
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Can a runner be “put out” by a runner behind him in the following situation?

Suppose there is a runner on first. The batter hits a fly ball, and runs to first. The runner on first, anticipating that the ball will be caught, "barely" leaves first, with the expectation of ...
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Are there times when you can “recycle” a player in baseball?

In baseball, unlike basketball or football, once a player is removed from the game, he can't be put back into the same game. That is (probably) to prevent a repetition of matchups. Example: Late in ...
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Could the home field advantage in baseball be due to the “principle of last action?”

It has been observed that in baseball, a home team has a statistical 54-46 advantage, all other things being equal. There have been various theories to account for this, including the impact of fan ...
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Which active MLB player has the highest Body Mass Index of the league?

I've been reading about Bartolo Colon and got intrigued: Which active MLB player has the highest Body Mass Index of the league?
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A new sabermetric baseball statistic?

Let's award a batter 2 points for a single, 3 pts for a double, 4 pts for a triple, and 5 pts for a homerun. To complete the statistic, let's award the batter 1 point for a walk, and 1 point ...
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Who autographed this baseball?

can anyone tell me whose autograph this is? i got this as a kid and its definitely a national league player as its on a national league ball. would have been in the mid-late 90s when i got it ...
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Why do batters sometimes chase balls well outside the strike zone?

Here, I'm not talking about balls that barely miss the strike zone, being barely outside the plate or below the knees. More like pitches that go into the dirt, or six inches wide of the plate. What ...
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Is it possible for a first or second year arbitration player to make more than the “qualifying offer?”

This came up because Mike Trout, arguably the best player in baseball, will be up for arbitration next year. Salary arbitration has the effect of paying a first, second or third year "arb" player ...
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How does one play baseball and football (professionally) at the same time?

The question is pertinent because both sports are played professionally, simultaneously, in September. It came about, because the Texas Rangers "drafted" the Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a ...
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Age appropriateness of throwing curveballs [closed]

My son is 15 years old and just now is starting to throw curveballs. Should he limit throwing them and how many should be his maximum per day?
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Who is eligible to vote in the Baseball Hall of Fame election?

This is about baseball hall of fame voting. *Voters are the approximately 600 writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point. * Does this mean if I was a member of ...