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Runner stays on first: tagged out for not trying to advance?

The situation: a runner on first with 1 out. The batter hit a ground ball to first, but the runner at that base stayed there. The fielder grabbed the ball, tagged first base, then tagged the runner ...
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if the runner advancing to second base is hit by the throw from the outfield, is he out?

If the runner advancing from first to second is hit by the ball thrown by the outfielder while not on the bag, is he out?
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Has an ejection ever been reversed?

Most times when a player is ejected from the game by an ump, they attempt to argue their case. Has this ever lead to an ejection being reversed?
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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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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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Pickoffs on 3-2 [on hold]

When the count is 3-2 with two out and a runner on first, the runner will always go on first movement. Why does the pitcher not throw over to first to either pick off the runner or at least make him ...
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How to throw farther

I play highschool baseball and spend 100% of the time in outfield I can only throw 45 yards anything I can do to throw somewhere around 60 yards?
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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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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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What were the major transformations in pitching strategy in MLB history?

The more I get into baseball the more I'm realizing that it's a pitchers game. If a pitcher is unhittable, the opposing team cannot win. I've also read some material on early pitchers in the deadball ...
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Dropped foul ball followed by hit?

Let's say a batter hits a foul popup to the catcher, and it's an easy play but the catcher drops it. Later in the at-bat, the batter gets a solid hit. Is this scored as the batter reaching on an error,...
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Who autographed this baseball?

Can anyone tell me whose autograph this is? I got this as a kid and it's definitely a national league player as it's on a national league ball. would have been in the mid-late 90s when I got it ...
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What team has shortest longest losing streak within a season in MLB history?

Don't know if the wording of the title makes sense, but I want to know what team had the longest losing streak that was the shortest in MLB history (or at least the live ball era) A completely made ...
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Can a starting pitcher be replaced before their first pitch?

Can the visiting team change their starting pitcher once the line ups are given to the umpires and the game begins? Example- Joe Strikeout is the starting pitcher on the line up card. The visitors ...
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Does the run count, or is it considered a force-out [duplicate]

Scenario: Bases loaded, two out. A ground ball is hit to third base. The runner from third crosses home plate before the runner from second is tagged out on their way to third base. Does the run count?...
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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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Why do Minor League baseball teams relocate often?

I'm a Mets fan and over the years I've constantly heard of their MiLB team relocating from town to town. Their AAA team was in Norfolk, VA then somewhere else, now it's in Las Vegas, NV. Their A team ...
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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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What are the rules in baseball about how close a fielder can stand to the home plate?

In baseball can a player stand three feet from the plate in SWAT-like gear? Your team could have a line of players standing there and then a few fielders for the balls that get through and a first-...
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Would this baseball defense work?

To my recollection, if a fielder attempts to catch a batted ball before it hits the field, but then misplays it AND it falls into fair ground, then it is a fair ball. I just witnessed a high pop up ...
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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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Three two-run homers in the span of six batters

On June 2 2016 the SF Giants did this against the Atlanta Braves. The 5th innings for SF started as follows: AARON BLAIR PITCHING FOR ATLANTA Blanco walked. 0 0 Bumgarner homered to left center (...
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what happened if the player do not touch home plate?

The batter hits a home run and rounds the bases without touching home plate. His teammates surround and touch him and he takes his helmet off and is halfway to the dugout when the fans and his couch ...
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Term “double-elimination game” used for the last game in a series? [closed]

We're having a friendly debate, and can't come to a conclusion on whether or not the final game of a series (game 7 world series, game 7 NBA championship...etc) is ever referred to as a "double-...
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What happens if a base runner attempts a steal right before the pitch, then the batter hits a foul ball?

What happens if a base runner attempts a steal right before the pitch, then the batter hits a foul ball. Since the ball is dead, I would assume the base would not get stolen. I also know that on a ...
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Does a run count on a passed ball on a third strike?

Under the following scenario would the run count? With a runner on third and 2 outs, the batter swings and misses the third strike and the catcher does not catch the ball. Further the runner on ...
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Can a batter in baseball hit a foul ball twice?

Unsure if that is that most accurate way of stating my question but what happens if a batter hits a foul ball that goes near the batter and he attempts to hit it again and misses or hits the ball foul ...
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Is a bunted foul ball for strike 3 a dead ball?

So figure that a batter has 2 strikes on him and bunts the ball foul for strike 3 is the ball still in play since it is considered a strikeout?
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Has a baserunner ever been hit by a batted ball?

Sometimes, the ball flies pretty low to the ground, about 6 feet or lower. Seeing as offensive players waiting on a base will often run as soon as the ball is hit, the possibility of them being hit by ...
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What determines the coefficients in the definition of slugging percentage?

When calculating slugging percentage, why do the numbers of singles, doubles, and triples get multiplied by 2, 3 and 4, respectively, in the numerator? And, perhaps related, why does the HR count ...
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Does the run count?

Runners on 2nd and 3rd 1 out... the batter hits a drive to the OF and the ball is caught for the 2nd out. the runners advance to home and 3rd base respectively for a sac fly... However, the runner on ...
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Can a run count despite a third out?

Scenario: the bases loaded, one out. The Batter hits fly to left fielder who catches ball for 2nd out. The runner on third legally tags and scores. The runner on second however, never tags up as he ...
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Baseball pinch hitter question

A pinch hitter is up to bat. A runner on first gets thrown out at second for the third out of the inning. The pinch hitter is not substituted for the player he was pinch hitting for. In the next ...
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Throwing Ball From Dugout To First Baseman after inning

This may be an Orioles only thing, but I think I've seen it elsewhere. Between innings, as the Orioles First Baseman (currently Chris Davis) runs off the field, someone from the dugout throws him a ...
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Is it still a force at 2nd?

Man on first, grounder to 1st baseman, he steps on 1st to get the runner out and throws to 2nd for the double play. Is it a force at 2nd or does it become a tag play?
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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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What can teams do when umpire has inconsistent strike zone?

I was watching a game between the Blue Jays and the Rangers yesterday several times the ball was clearly in the strike zone and balls were called and vice versa. The Blue Jays coach was furious and ...
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Why don't left handed power hitters bunt against the shift?

In an MLB game, whenever a "pull-happy" left handed batter (a powerful batter who usually pulls the ball, that is, hits it to the right side) comes to the plate, the infielders often put on "the shift"...
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Why do umpires indicate whether a caught fly ball is fair or foul?

If a batter pops up or flies out down a base line, and the fielder catching the ball is within a couple feet of the foul line, the umpire will always signal the out, and then "fair" or "foul" ...
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Baseball force play

Bases loaded, nobody out. Ground ball to pitcher, throws home for out. Catcher throws to first and the runner on first never ran and is standing on first when the first baseman catches the ball. What ...
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Does a run count if it's made on the same play as the 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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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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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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MLB awards for players who played in both leagues in one season

Many of Major League Baseball's annual player awards are awarded to two players, one each in the American and National Leagues. (For instance, MVP, Cy Young, Silver Slugger, Rookie of the Year, etc.) ...
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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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Why don't pitchers throw a combination of overhand and sidearm?

If I was going to teach someone to pitch I would want to teach them to pitch both sidearm and overhand. I think the combination of the two styles would help to confuse batters because they would not ...
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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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Umpire induces appeal play?

What do the umpires do when a game ends on a scoring play, when an appeal (not video review) by the defense would succeed? For example: bottom of the ninth, tie score, one out, runner on third. The ...
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Why are woodbats preferred to train with over aluminum bats?

Let me start this off by saying that I have played baseball my whole life, and actually played in college (not for a club team.. the actual team) and I can't think of why this method of training is ...
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What's the reasoning behind the Uncaught Third Strike Rule?

In MLB, if a Catcher drops or misses the third pitched strike, the batter becomes a runner and can attempt to reach first base before tagged out or forced out at first. 6.09 The batter becomes a ...