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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?
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Is the runner on first forced to run?

Looking for some clarification on this situation that came up today: There is one out and a runner on first base (R1). The batter hits a fly ball in the infield. The first baseman (1st) makes an ...
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Switch-Pitcher versus Switch-Batter

A Switch-Pitcher is pitching (Can pitch with the left or right arm). A Switch-Batter is at the plate (Can bat from the left or right side). In the MLB, who is forced to choose what side they are ...
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In fantasy baseball, should I avoid playing pitchers who are starting against my batters?

One of the important things in fantasy football is to make sure that your defense isn't starting against your high-scoring offensive players, especially your quarterback. For example, if you had Tom ...
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Do un-earned runs affect win, loss for pitchers

Here is the scenario. A pitcher leaves the game after 7 innings with a 4-4 tie, but only 3 of the runs against were earned. The relief pitcher completes the game for a 6-4 win. Who gets the win?
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What are the factors in voting someone into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

What are the determinant factors in voting someone into the Hall of Fame in baseball? Or any sport for that matter. Is it just statistics or is it more of what that player represented?
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Bunting the ball while stepping on the plate

If a batter successfully bunts a ball while stepping on the plate, is he out? What if the bunt is unsuccessful?
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Can a team sell tickets to a practice?

The Tigers have about a week off between now and the World Series. Is there anything in the Rules about not letting a Team Sell Tickets for Practice? My thought is that by having a stadium full of ...
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How can I work out the ratio between the number of home runs this player had in baseball-reference.com [closed]

How can I work out the ratio between the number of home runs this player had and the number of balls he hit (as opposed to struck out) using this table? ...
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baseballreference.com reading the tables for player statistics (roger maris) [closed]

I have been figuring out this site ok but I do not really understand why there are 3 entries for maris in 1958. If I want to figure out his home runs that season. Should I just add up all the 1958 or ...
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Has a protest during a game ever worked?

I've constantly heard a protest being called by the manager of team (baseball, football, etc) who felt that there was an unfair ruling. Yet, after each of these games, the protest never goes through. ...
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Has the MLB Division Series Ever had all 4 Series go 5 games?

This year all 4 Division Series Games have gone the distance has that ever happened before?
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Infield Fly Rule

During the 2012 NL Wild Card game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves, a fly ball was hit by Atlanta. St. Louis let the ball drop due to miscommunication, but an umpire called ...
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Run scored on 3rd out

Under what conditions can a run be scored on a play that results in a 3rd out for the team? I was under the impression that if a 3rd out happens, all runs that might have scored before time during ...
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Do left-handed pitchers have a physiological advantage in baseball?

I've seen documentaries about pitching, especially going back into the old days where people state that left handed pitchers have an advantage on batters. These reasons span from batter position, ...
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Why are pitcher's mounds higher than the rest of the baseball field?

On softball fields, the pitcher's "mound" appears flat. However, on baseball fields, the pitcher's mound is a mound. MLB Official Rules state (Rule 1.04, in part): The pitcher’s plate shall be 10 ...
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How do i prevent popping up on low pitches? [closed]

I seem to always be pop up on pitches low in the strike zone. I have tried swinging evenly but i cant quite seem to get it right. Can you confirm if I should keep trying to swing evenly or try ...
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Why does Ichiro Suzuki wear long socks? [closed]

I was watching a New York Yankees game and noticed that Ichiro Suzuki was wearing knee high socks, and I was wondering if it gave him any kind of advantage or if it was just a fashion statement. ...
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Can a switch hitter change positions during an at bat?

Just thought about this while playing wiffleball earlier. During a baseball/softball/wiffleball game, can a switch-hitting batter just switch positions in-between pitches during an at-bat or when he ...
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Who autographed my baseball from the Braves v Padres game at the Military Appreciation Day in 1996?

I was in the Braves dugout during warm-ups for the Braves at Padres game in 1996. Game was in San Diego for Military Appreciation Day. I found a practice ball and some players to sign but now I forgot ...
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What do baseball umpires say when a strike/ball is thrown?

I am currently watching the Yankees vs. Rangers game. Just saw a few strikes and balls thrown, and it seems that, for a strike, the umpire just points to his right/left and yells "HO!". Furthermore, ...
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Use of the designated hitter (DH) in the MLB

With the Houston Astros moving to the American League starting in 2013, each league (National and American) will have an even amount of teams (15). As a result, the debate regarding designated ...
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Why did Ichiro choose number 31 with the Yankees?

When Ichiro Suzuki was traded from the Mariners to the Yankees, he went with uniform #31 instead of #51. I understand the reasoning behind not selecting #51 (Bernie Williams' number, which I guess ...
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How to recognize baseball pitches when watching television games?

When I watch Baseball games on TV, I have trouble to identify the pitch that the pitchers are throwing. I know the pitch types but can't tell the difference of a fastball to a slider when watching ...
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Why can't MLB teams trade draft picks?

Why can't MLB teams trade draft picks like the NHL or NFL? It would make for much more interesting drafts, and teams could "stock up" on young talent, then burn picks for veterans to make a playoff ...
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What is BABIP in Baseball, and what does it tell us?

How does one get a high/low BABIP? Is this statistic for hitters and/or pitchers? What does a high/low BABIP mean? Definition: BABIP = (Hits - Homeruns) / (At Bats - Strikeouts - Homeruns + ...
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In baseball, can a player be replaced during an at-bat?

In baseball, a player can replaced by any other player who hasn't yet appeared in the game. Can this replacement be made after a player has started batting and is still at the plate?
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What are the steps a draftee takes to make it to the big leagues?

Let's say a player is drafted in the 2012 draft. What is the intermediate process for him getting a call to the Major League team that drafted him?
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What are the criteria for wins, losses, and saves in MLB?

I've read the rules for determining Wins, Losses and Saves for pitchers, and I've never been able to make heads or tails of it. Is there an easier way to explain it?
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Alternate scoring categories for fantasy baseball

I'm currently playing in a standard 5x5 roto league where the scoring categories are: HR,RBI,Runs,Batting Average, Stolen Bases - Wins, Strikeouts, Saves, WHIP, ERA. We've used this system for about ...
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Use of the Disabled List

At times Major League Baseball teams place an underperforming player on the DL (Disabled List). It seems the DL would be meant for players who are injured and or are returning from injury. Why aren't ...
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Why are large MLB contracts backloaded?

Many MLB contracts are backloaded. For example, Alex Rodriguez will be making over $30 million USD per year at the end of his current deal, much higher than the average annual value. I understand ...
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Why do many franchises sign long-term TV deals

Many teams sign long-term local TV deals of 10 years or more. Many times these deals end up being poor and below market-value after a few years. The Pittsburg Pirates deal being a good example (only ...
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What baseball rules or calls have become customary despite them not being in the rule book?

There are some rules in Major League Baseball that have "evolved" over time. One such example is the checked swing rule. Announcers talk about the bat "breaking the plane of the plate" to judge ...
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Batting the pitcher 8th

I've seen some managers bat their pitchers 8th. Tony LaRussa was one of the more noticeable ones. Is this move statistically sound? Why or why not? Ignore cases like Dontrelle Willis early in his ...
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Technology in Baseball

Since the early 2000's digital cameras have been installed by MLB in stadiums to enhance broadcasting/media as well as to review the performance of home plate umpires during baseball games. According ...
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Preventing a player from playing a specific position via suspension

In Major League Baseball, any player can play any position. This seems to be the main reason a Pitcher is suspended with the same standard suspension as a position player. This despite a pitcher's ...
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Suspending a pitcher for misconduct

For an everyday player the standard 5 game suspension for misconduct certainly hurts both the player and the team as a whole. Whereas, the same standard 5 game suspension for pitcher doesn't even ...
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Winning despite walking

What is the MLB record for the most walks (bases on balls) allowed in a single game (9 inning game) by a pitcher who ultimately still recorded the win?
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MLB near perfect game

To throw a perfect game a pitcher would have to get 27 batters out in a row. How many times in MLB history has a pitcher had 26 strait outs only to allow the would be final batter to reach base?
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MLB no-hitter resulting in loss

According to Major League Baseball an official no-hitter consists of a pitcher having pitched at least 9 innings while allowing 0 hits. In MLB history has a team lost while having a pitcher throw an ...
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What is the broadcast etiquette when a pitcher has a perfect game?

When a pitcher has a no-hitter or perfect game going there is a lot of superstition and etiquette surrounding what goes on in the field of play and in the dugout. The pitcher is expected to always sit ...