Questions about the sport of baseball. The [mlb] tag should also be used if the question concerns Major League Baseball directly.

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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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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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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 ...
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Runner on third tags up on caught ball, the other two do not, does the run score?

Does the run count in the following situation? The bases are loaded with no outs. The batter hits a line drive to the pitcher. The runner on third base tags up by touching third base, runs home and ...
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How do MLB Managers do the lineup card on Jackie Robinson Day?

How are lineup cards and official scorebooks recorded on Jackie Robinson Day? Do the managers/scorekeepers use the players' regular numbers, or is it literally "42" for every player's number?
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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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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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Why are forfeits in baseball scored as 9-0?

In baseball, when a forfeit occurs, the score is 9-0. Why 9-0? What does this score mean, and what is the historical reason for this value?
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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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When and why did baseball players start exclusively running the bases counterclockwise?

In modern baseball, the players always run around the bases counterclockwise (anticlockwise). However, a book written in the 1830's - one of the first to describe the version of the sport we know ...
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Can a pitcher switch throwing arms at any time during an inning, or in between pitches? [duplicate]

I have been playing baseball my entire life and I just thought of this question... if a pitcher is ambidextrous (can throw with both arms), is he/she able to switch throwing arms in the middle of an ...
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Why odd number of players? [closed]

Almost all the games and sports involve an odd number of players. And most the games involve 11 players, eg: football, cricket, hockey etc. And other games like basketball and all have 5 which is ...
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Why do some places have gravel baseball fields?

I was talking with some friends that said in Nova Scotia, gravel baseball infields were all they have every played on. I had never seen a gravel infield until I moved up here. Is there a specific ...
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Why is the stretch preferred over the wind-up?

I just recently started coaching a little kid (8 years old) and this youngster is part of a travel team. The coaches for that travel team (according to the kid and his father) have instructed all ...
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How to break in a pitchers glove?

When I look at mlb pitchers their gloves seem to have a specific breakpoint compared to infielders/outfielders. Any ideas on their breakpoints?
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Why are the salaries of professional athletes so public?

Every major free agent signing ( at least in Baseball ) generates an enormous media buzz, and all details are completely available to whoever reads the paper. Why are the salaries of professional ...
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Why is a foul bunt on strike three an out?

Following up on "Why does a foul ball not count as a third strike?", I can understand caught fouls and foul tips being counted as strike 3. But what is the logic behind a 3rd strike foul bunt being an ...
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If a runner on first runs to second and the runner on second attempts third but comes back who is out if both runners end up on second base? [duplicate]

If you are on first and run towards second base and there is someone on second but they leave and come back, is the runner on second forced to go or is he simply just tagged out?
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80 as opposed to 100 pitches in training as a starting pitcher

I was listening to Tom Verducci describe The Mets' Steven Matz and he said he usually only throws about 80 pitches. He then said he shouldn't throw a usual 100 or 110 like Harvey or deGrom. He said he ...
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How do you hit a shot without spin in tennis and is there anything equivalent to a knuckleball?

A 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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Shouldn't they call it a fair pole?

I didn't find a dupe on this and it's an age old topic BUT.... Why do they call it a foul pole? Fly ball, hits the foul pole and it's a home run. That doesn't make any sense to me. So my ...
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Is it illegal to field/pitch with a batting glove inside a regular glove?

I think I saw a recent world championship (or something like it) game where the pitcher was summoned to remove her "inner" glove (after a few pitches). Is there a rule?
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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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How do you throw from outfield without injuries?

Whenever fielding outside the 30 yard circle, a fielder have to make harder and faster throws(and every time I end up with a painful shoulder). How to effectively throw the ball from outfield ...
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Download baseball reference data with player IDs

Is there a simple way to download a season of player data from Baseball-Reference.com that includes their player ID? I can download data with the player names, but I need the player ID they use to ...
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How many players allowed on a high school baseball team?

How many players can you have on a high school baseball team? In middle school last year we were allowed to have 15 players and we did but ended the season with 9.
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How to lower 30 yard time

I'm a HS freshman and baseball is coming up soon. Last year, I ran a 3.5 at 30 yards. I would like to get quicker for baseball. Can anyone give me some drills or workouts that would shave off about .2 ...
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If the pitcher throws to 1st base to try to get the base runner out, is the runner on 2nd allowed to run to 3rd?

There are runners on 2nd and 1st base, and they're both leading off. The pitcher throws to 1st to try to get him out - is the runner on 2nd base allowed to run to 3rd?
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Is MLB Statcast data permanently archived somewhere?

Major League Baseball has begun collecting a set of physics data under the name "Statcast", including such information as the exit velocity of notable home runs. I would like to know if this data is ...
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Double switch in Baseball?

I know it is specific to the National League home games but what is the purpose/strategy and the rules of a double switch in Baseball?
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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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Are Major League Baseball players allowed to wear nonstandard hats in the dugout?

On Sept 30th, the Blue Jays clinched the divisional title in the first game of a double-header. There were many shots, in the last few minutes of the first game, of players in the dugout waiting to ...
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How did Hideki Matsui's “one day” signing affect the Yankees' 40-man roster?

Hideki Matsui, a Japanese player, played for a Japanese baseball team, then the New York Yankees for several years, then several more U.S. teams. On July 28, 2013, he signed a final one day contract ...
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Ball goes through the strike zone, but the catcher doesn't catch the ball?

I'm still learning the basics of baseball, so please excuse my ignorance. If a ball is pitched through the strike zone, but the catcher doesn't catch the ball, does this count as a ball or strike?
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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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Jackie Robinson's Caught Stealing Totals

I'm doing some analysis on Jackie Robinson's career. I'm using both Retrosheet and Lahman's database in order get his performance per game and overall stats respectively. The thing is that I see ...
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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 are the most significant differences between the NCAA and MLB rulesets?

What are the most significant differences between the NCAA baseball and MLB rulesets? I'm aware this is somewhat subjective, so please try and keep answers to those differences which have the most ...
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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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Is this a legal way to tag-up and run faster?

Scenario: With 1 out and a runner on third-base, the batter hits a sacrificial fly ball to right field, enabling the runner to head for home. Traditionally, the runner sits on third until the fly is ...
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Scorekeeping a fielder on a Sacrifice Fly

Currently I know that in a baseball game (Major League Baseball), a sacrifice fly is scored to the batter acting in an attempt to forfeit their attempt at a score (aka get on base) to allow someone ...
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What happens when an umpire (MLB) calls time improperly?

An umpire called time when the ball should be left live. Some players heeded his call (or claim they did!) while others continued with the play. How is the situation resolved? EDIT: inspired by ...
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If a play ends with two runners at the same base who is safe?

In baseball if a play ends and two base runners are at the same base who is safe and who is out? Does the situation change if one of the runners can be forced?
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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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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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Why did Game 1 of the 2015 ALDS have a start time that depended on another game?

Game 1 of the ALDS Blue Jays Game this past Thursday was set to begin at either 3:37 p.m. and 4:07 p.m. (depending on who won the Yankees-Astros wildcard game). Why were there two start times?