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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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Baseball and DWar

Two part question really. What is the formula for calculating DWar? Also, as I understand it; it seems to rely on some stats that were historically considerably less stringently monitored than say ...
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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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Which of the following complete a force play and would therefore prevent a run from scoring?

Which of the following complete a force play? (and will prevent a run from scoring if it's the 3rd out of the inning?) A forced runner is tagged out. (This could be on an errant throw to a base in ...
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MLB: Gray area concerning runners passing each other rule

I was just watching the cubs - mets game on TV (7/1/15) and in the bottom of the 8th, a bit of a bizarre play transpired, which seemed to stump the umpires and commentators alike. There were runners ...
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Do MLB starting pitchers get paid per start or per game they are on the roster?

MLB starting pitchers play every 5 games. Do they get paid only for each start they make or do they earn for each game in between starts as well?
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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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Should this run have counted?

What if bases were loaded with 1 out, runner on 3rd scores winning run, batter touches first base, but the runner on 2nd never reaches 3rd, and the runner on 1st never reaches 2nd. It's clear 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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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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How does “optioning” a player to the minor leagues work?

If a baseball team needs to make room on its 25 man roster, it may send one of its newer players back to the minor leagues. Apparently, this is done through a process of "optioning" the player back ...
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How do minor league deals work?

(Unlike some of my other recent questions, this one is primarily about baseball.) Most minor leaguers are players just drafted out of high school or college, and working their way up (hopefully) to ...
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Do minor league baseball clubs pay the players?

MLB baseball teams send developing players to minor league affiliates. Do the proceeds from minor league games to to play the players or the major league team, or does the owner of the minor league ...
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Term or Stat for when a baseball pitcher is responsible for the team's win, both offensively and defensively?

Is there a term or a recorded statistic for when a baseball pitcher is responsible for winning the game both defensively and offensively? i.e... 1. The pitcher batted and had an RBI/Run, which ...
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Relief/Closing pitcher statistics

I was wondering about some of the stats that you regularly see in baseball, and what criteria must be met to achieve such a stat, primarily with the relief and closing pitchers. I understand that a ...
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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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Signing a player before trading him [duplicate]

Imagine the following completely hypothetical scenario: I have Chris Davis on my team (I am Dan Duquette). I know that Chris will be a free agent next year, and I want to keep him. I sign him to a ...
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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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Aroldis Chapman's Speed

I know that he has the record for the fastest pitch ever, but there is an hilarious stat that I found (but now cannot find again) once showing the 20 or so fastest pitches since 2000. I think Chapman ...
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Has a pitcher ever homered in an All-Star game?

With runs at a premium at times in All-Star games, and I know DH's are used in some games, has a pitcher ever homered in an All-Star game?
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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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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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What has historically been the effect of a long rain delay on a pitcher's arm?

By "long" delay, I mean an hour or more. On one hand, a pitcher that has pitched two or three innings, and is interrupted by rain gets a chance to rest. On the other hand, perhaps a pitcher has ...
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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 possible for a runner to advance if the batter doesn't hit the ball?

Let's say the pitcher throws the ball but the batter does not hit it. Can someone at first,second or third proceed to the next base?
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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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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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What do managers do when a closer blows the save?

Would they pull him for the tenth inning in most cases? I know that they're generally one-inning specialists but would they go to a setup man or something after?
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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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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 ...