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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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Get in for free during the 7th inning stretch? [on hold]

I recently heard a claim that if you go to baseball games during the 7th inning stretch, you can get in for free. I'm assuming this is because those taking tickets leave their posts. Is this true? ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Can MLB players negotiate their contracts downwards?

Consider the case where a player is signed to a contract and the amount he is due far exceeds his value. He no longer has a starting job on his team and would like to be traded, but other teams won't ...
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game matching Phil Rizzuto call in Meat Loaf song?

Has there ever been an actual baseball game which exactly matched the call (scroll down to Radio Broadcast) made by Phil Rizzuto in the Meat Loaf song Paradise by the Dashboard Light? Namely: 2 outs, ...
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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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Walkoff homer, decisive run scores but following runner leaves base path

This question is a hypothetical based on the last play of Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS. San Francisco batting in the bottom of the 9th, score tied 3-3, runners Arias at second and Belt at first, one out. ...
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Pitchers as MVP

Many argued, especially after Clayton Kershaw's amazing run this year that got him the NL MVP award, that pitchers should not be eligible for the MVP award as they don't even play most of the games. ...
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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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Placing a base runner on the wrong base after a mound visit

Situation: There is a runner on first base and the defense decides to have a mound visit or change their pitcher. The offensive players group up to talk about strategy and the coach tells the player ...
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Is a base runner out if he back pedals to first base to avoid a tag in a double play situation? [duplicate]

There came a situation in one game where there was a runner occupying first base (R1) and third base (R3), with one out. The batter then hits a ground ball to the left of the second baseman. He fields ...
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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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Why do pitchers sometimes pitch “out of the stretch?”

My understanding is that this is done in critical situations, as when there are opposing men on base, usually more than one. Is this true and if so, why is that? Is it to increase the chances of ...
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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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Why is it called a “payoff pitch”?

A pitch on a full count (3-2) is also known as a "payoff pitch". I assume it's because the at-bat usually ends there (pays off), but it seems to preclude a foul ball. In fact, i just heard "the ...
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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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Pitchers with postseason home run

Can you please list all pitchers who have hit a home run in the history of MLB playoffs? Bonus: Include position players who started a postseason game as the pitcher and hit a homerun
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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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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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Has any baseball team used a “platoon” for fifth starters?

A pitcher can be either left- or right handed, but the better ones pitch reasonably well to both left and right handed batters. When you get to the fifth starter on the roster, however, many teams are ...
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Is it possible for baseball teams to use draft picks in trades?

The Toronto Blue Jays took away catcher Russell Martin in free agency from the Pittsburgh Pirates after the Pirates made Martin a "qualifying offer" As a result, the Blue Jays lose a first-round ...
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When does a runner at first have to run? [duplicate]

A slightly strange situation happened last night: runners on first and third, 1 out. The batter hits a one hop ground ball to the pitcher. The runner on first, thinking that the pitcher had caught a ...
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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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Is the 25 game suspension for Chris Davis too much?

Chris Davis just got a 25 game suspension for violation of the MLB's drug program for use of Adderall. He had a medical exemption in the past, but for whatever reason did not have one this year. I ...
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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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Why do players and some parent coaches tell the pitcher “you are only just a pitcher,you're not really a baseball player”?

I was very surprised by a comment from an assistant coach in charge of the pitchers. First night for my son in a new club, first night of trials for division 1. The group of pitchers were told ...
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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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Have two bottom seeds ever faced off before in a “World Series?”

Tomorrow, the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals will "face off" in the (baseball) World Series. They were both wild cards in their respective leagues, meaning that this will be a match ...
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Why was Kansas City denied home field advantage in the 1985 ALCS?

In 1985 home field advantage in the league championship series was done on a rotating basis. In the American League it was East even years, West odd years. Why where the Royals denied home field ...