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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 ...
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What does this sentence mean? [closed]

The Red Sox got help from star David Ortiz, who went three for four with an RBI double and is now hitting .733 in the Fall Classic. I have no knowledge about baseball statistics so please help me ...
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How are “strikes” defined for a pitcher?

Strikes have always been tallied for a batter. Since the era of "pitch counts," they have been counted for a pitcher also, to estimate his efficacy. My understanding is that any pitch in the "strike ...
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What happens to the runner if he misses a base after hitting a homerun?

Scenario: No one on base. 2 outs. Batter hits a homerun. However, while rounding the bases, completely misses stepping on second base. Now, I understand that being a home run, it's a dead ball, and ...
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Batting average greater than on-base percentage

While watching a New York Mets game early this season, before one plate appearance the broadcast graphics displayed that catcher John Buck had a batting average (AVG) of .400 and an on-base percentage ...
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Would Henderson Alvarez have gotten credit for a “perfect” game if the score were still tied 0-0 after nine?

Henderson Alvarez of the Miami Marlins pitched a "perfect game" over the tops of nine innings. Going into the bottom of the ninth, the score was tied 0-0, but Miami scored a 1-0 walk-off with a wild ...
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How would an “inside the park home run” affect BABIP?

"Normal" home runs are those that leave the park, that fielders don't have a chance of catching. As a result, they are not counted in the "balls in play" part of BABIP. On the other hand, an "inside ...
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lead baserunner tagged while occupying base he is forced from

R1 on first, batter hits grounder to 1B who tags R1 who is standing on first, and then 1B touches first base. Is this a double play
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Is there a “blown save” if the closer gives up only UNearned runs?

If a closer pitches the ninth inning, coming in with a 3-2 lead, and gives up an earned run, that would characterized as a "blown save." Suppose the run was UNearned because of a fielding error. Is ...
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Can a pitcher also be a designated hitter?

Suppose an American League Team ended up with a good-hitting pitcher e.g Yovani Gallardo, or from an earlier era, Ken Brett, who had established this reputation in the National League. Could such a ...
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Weight training for a strong throwing arm

I'm a 40+ softballer and cricketer. I've always had a "strong arm" in both sports (as well as in baseball), although I'm not muscular or big at all. But, I'm not too happy with my recent long-distance ...
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What is the lowest number of hits to lead a team for a major league baseball season?

For a full major league baseball season, what player has led his team with the fewest number of hits? If the season did not have 162 games, what is the answer for 162 game seasons?
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Why does the catcher decide what sort pitch the pitcher has to throw?

I have been reading few baseball related comics and, in all the comics what I have observed is that,the catchers always signal what the pitcher has to throw. It is as if the catchers are the brain ...
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Can a runner be on base in baseball when it is his turn to bat?

I don't know if this is actually possible based on 3 outs in an inning, but is it possible to be on base when it is your turn to bat? If so what happens to your at-bat. Scenario would be lead-off ...
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Error or Earned Run?

There seems to be great disagreement about whether Starlin Castro made an error in the 5th inning of the Cubs-Athletics game on July 2, 2013. The AP recap of the game reads: "The Cubs collapsed on ...
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When does a player become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft?

During the annual meetings of baseball every winter there is a short reorganization of baseball teams. It's called the Rule 5 draft. During this draft a certain group of players from each team are ...
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Are there any rules in baseball which prohibit teams from “borrowing” players via trade?

Every season near the trade deadline, we see teams that are out of it trading expensive players and/or free agents-to-be, typically for younger players or prospects. For example, Matt Garza, set to ...
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Has the only hit in an MLB game ever been an inside-the-park home run?

Has there ever been a one-hitter MLB game in which the hit is an inside-the-park home run?
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Particularly unconventional fielding positioning in baseball/softball

I have never seen fielders in positions that would hardly be recognisable as the "standard" positions, and probably for good reason. (I mean a positioning where a casual observer might have difficulty ...
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Are there any notable cricketing baseballers or baseball-playing cricketers?

Are there any attempts (in history or today) of top-level baseball players (cricketers) having a shot at "higher-level" cricket (baseball) (and perhaps succeeding in some sort of way)? I do not mean ...
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How should baseball card commons be stored?

Generally when you buy a large number of baseball cards you're going to get a ton of common and uncommon cards. Obviously you want rare or special cards to be kept separate and be well maintained, but ...
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Sac Fly or not?

Runners on 1st & 3rd with one out. Runner on 1st attempts to steal as batter lines out to RF. runner on 3rd tags and scores before runner attempting to steal is doubled off of 1st. The run ...
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World Series and Playoffs [closed]

If a MLB team won all of it's games during the season then lost three games in a five game playoff at the end of the season could they play in the world series? Their final season end record would be ...
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Unique baseball scoring situation: Who gets the Win?

The question is which pitcher gets the win A or B? My baseball team played a double header (each game 7 innings) recently. Pitcher A started game 2. Because he also pitched in game one (all 7 ...
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can a baseball catch (out) be taken with the non-mitt (no glove) hand?

are there any rules against taking a catch with the hand without the Mitt on it? Will the batter still be given out?
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Is the ball live if a fielder drops a foul ball?

I was watching a game and the bases were loaded. The batter hit pop up foul ball near first base in play. The first baseman dropped the ball and the game moved on. Isn't this a live ball when the ...
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Batting Average after replay?

Since Major League Baseball has implemented replay on home runs, has the batter's batting average increased due to the wait the pitcher has between pitches?