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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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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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What is the oldest professional sports team in North America?

Is there a team out there still in existence (that paid its players as professionals) before the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869? - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cincinnati_Red_Stockings (I suppose ...
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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 dont have a ridge down the middle of the glove.(Around where the part where you close it is.) I was ...
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Is there any concept of 'declaring' an inning in Baseball?

This is a question regarding a somewhat hypothetical situation, but one I have been thinking about quite a bit and can't get my head around. In Cricket, a team can 'Declare' an innings at any time, ...
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Was Pete Rose busted for betting against his own team?

I understand the reason for the MLB's ban on betting against one's own team, but I don't understand why it is forbidden to bet for one's own team. Which did Pete Rose get busted for, and why is it ...
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Why can't modern starting pitchers consistently pitch on 2-3 days rest?

I've been browsing through some historical pitching stats at Baseball-Reference.com. It seems that in the 1910s and 1920s, starting pitchers frequently pitched on 3 days rest, sometimes pitched on ...
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Can a pitcher throw a strike during an intentional walk?

Intentional Walk I know that there have been times where a pitcher has thrown a ball over the plate enough for a hitter to get a hit, and even hit a home run in some cases. My question is more along ...
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If a baseball team takes a large early lead, would it make sense to substitute an inferior pitcher to save the better one?

The Pittsburgh Pirates took an early lead of 5-0 against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning. Their pitcher was their ace, Francisco Liriano. With such a large lead, can the Pirates afford to ...
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What is the MLB record for the most errors by a single player on a single play?

What is the MLB record for most errors committed by a single player on a single play? I wondered about this today, when Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was charged with two errors on the same play ...
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Are pitches that are put into play counted as strikes or balls?

I have often seen a pitcher's pitch count displayed on the screen with it broken up into strikes, balls and total pitches. So something like Strikes : 25 Balls : 15 Total : 40 My question ...
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Can a ball change status (fair/foul) once it hit the ground?

In baseball, if a hit ball lands just inside the foul line (fair), but then bounces out (foul), what is it ruled as? The flip case: if a ball lands foul, but it hits a patch of grass or whatever and ...
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Why do the Yankees and Mets usually have opposite home/away schedules?

I never realized this until both teams played home series yesterday and the day before (and continuing today, for the Mets), but apparently when the Yankees play at home the Mets play away, and ...
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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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What's the chance of 6 swings and misses in a row using only your SO pitch?

I was watching a Masahiro Tanaka game last year and he got out of a men on 2nd and 3rd with no outs jam by striking out the first two batters. He just kept throwing his "out pitch" and they just kept ...
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What is the history/reasoning behind the defensive indifference rule in MLB?

I'm struggling to find a good answer as to why a player would not be credited with a stolen base under the official MLB rules. It seems to me that most indifference calls are made when the defending ...
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Why have some MLB managers stopped wearing uniforms?

I believe that for many years, MLB managers would always wear the same uniform as their players during games. However, I've been watching more games on TV this year, and it seems that many managers ...
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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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What is the average Left Field vs. Right Field fence distance in MLB?

All 30 parks. Make assumptions. I'm thinking if the Right Field value is quite a bit lower, THAT is the reason why left handed hitters “hit better” with low and inside pitches – something announcers ...
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Is this Ball or Balk?

If a pitcher is in the wind-up and the ball falls forward out of his hand towards home plate during the pitch is it a ball? or a balk?
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Why is a baseball runner “out” when you hit him with the throw to first?

A few games ago Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers scooped up a bunt down the first base line and pegged the runner square in the back who was just running straight down the baseline like anyone would. ...
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Which out would not count here?

Imagine that with one out and all bases loaded, the batter hits a fly ball that is caught out by the left outfielder. However, due to negligence, only the runner on second base remembers to tag up. ...
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Is there a [possible] scenario in which the first run counts but the next one does not?

While brushing up on "third out, run counts" rules and "fourth outs" the following came to my mind: With 1 out could a scenario arise where one runner comes in, run counts, and second runner comes ...
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Does any rule require MLB teams to announce probable pitchers?

In Major League Baseball, a few days before each game, each team typically announces a "probable" starting pitcher. Is there a rule requiring them to do so, or is it simply a matter of tradition or ...
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Runner on base touches a baseball: is that categorically “interference”?

A guy steels second and slides perfectly such that his momentum takes him back upright standing calmly on second base. The throw was a bit of a bobble and the second baseman is fumbling around on the ...
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Little League pitching rule clarification please

We are a Minor's Division team (9 & 10 year olds). I wanted to rotate between my two pitchers by inning. I pitched my first kid for an inning, switched kids and pitched the second one for an ...
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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 were the parameters for a “quality” start defined?

A "quality start" for a pitcher in baseball is defined as giving up no more than three runs in six or more innings of work. For frames of reference, a starter needs to complete at least five full ...
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How do you send a veteran to a minor team without “optioning” him?

Some baseball players will spend time between the minor and major leagues before getting firmly established in the major leagues. In the process of "shuttling" back and forth, the player can be sent ...
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Should a manager be questioned for leaving in a right handed pitcher in the following situation?

The conventional wisdom is that right- and left- handed pitchers pitch "better" (low ERA) to batters of the same "handedness," (because pitcher prefer to pitch "inside.") The game (Pittsburgh vs. St. ...
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Win and save in same day

David Robertson on Sunday managed a rare feat: he earned a Win and a Save on the same (calendar) day. While the first win technically was on friday, according to the box score, for practical purposes ...
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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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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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Is Carter Capps's pitching style legal?

Here is a video of Miami reliever Carter Capps pitching. As you can see, he basically jumps off the rubber, and delivers from the front of the mound. Apparently, MLB gave their approval to Capps's ...
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Can a (baseball) ace's record be improved by his “pitching out of sequence.”

Most teams will use their best starter for Opening Day, the second best on the second day, etc. through the rotation. Except when other factors intervene; for instance, the White Sox ace Chris Sale ...
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What gives a left-handed pitcher an advantage over a left-handed batter?

In baseball, a pitcher is often assumed to have an advantage over a batter based on his handedness (i.e. left-handed vs right-handed). I think it is that right-handed pitchers have an advantage of ...
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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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Can a baseball/softball player change gloves mid-inning?

I play catcher for a very informal "beer-league" softball team, and have realized that I prefer different gloves at different points in the inning. With no one on base, I want a big outfielder type ...
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Why does a foul ball not count as a third strike?

From the Wikipedia entry for foul ball A strike is issued for the batter if he had fewer than two strikes ... A strike is, however, recorded for the pitcher for every foul ball the batter ...
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Is it considered possible for women to compete with men professionally in team sports played with a ball other than baseball?

In Little League play, a 13-year old girl, Mo'ne Davis, stunned the baseball world with her 70 mph fastball. Assuming that she "fills out" adequately during her adolescence, it is at least within the ...
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Does a run count if it's made after an unforced out?

scenerio: runners on second and third, two outs. Ball hit to shortstop who immediately tags out the runner going from second to third. This happens before runner gets to first and before runner from ...
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Cricket bowling versus baseball pitching speed?

How do cricket bowlers deliver the ball at generally same speed as baseball pitchers inspite of a run up? How much do the following factors play in: different balls (is the baseball more aerodynamic ...
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1959 White Sox World Series roster

I thought the roster for the 1959 WHITE SOX World Series had 25 players. I can find stats on the 21 that played and I have found 3 that did not get into a game (Battey, Latman, Arias) . Was ...
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MLB Opening Easter Sunday

In 2015, MLB Opening Day was on Easter Sunday. How many times has this happened in the history of the Major Leagues (counting either the American League and the National League, when they were more ...
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Most home runs in first n games of the season

Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers has now hit 5 home runs in the first 3 games of the 2015 season. Is this a major league record for most home runs in the first 3 games of a season? In ...
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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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Has there ever been a situation where the outfielder has intentionally dropped a foul ball to prevent a run from scoring from third?

I can foresee a situation when a team is tied or up by one run, late in the game, where an outfielder may intentionally drop a catchable ball in foul territory to prevent an opposing runner from ...
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What does the stat WHIP in baseball mean?

Can someone please explain to me what the statisitic "WHIP" means in the game of baseball?
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Squeeze play: Is it harder to prevent score than it appears?

In a spring training game last week there was a runner on third when the ball was bunted to a spot just off the baseline midway between home plate and first. The pitcher retrieved it quickly and ...
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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 ...