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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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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 ...
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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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Historic statistics

I've noticed baseball announcers, during an at-bat, using information on lifetime at-bats for the specific batter-pitcher combination. Have these statistics been extended into the past, to answer ...
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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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Does MLB Rule 7.13(2) (on blocking the plate) apply to players other than the catcher?

There was an unusual play in tonight's NLDS game between San Francisco and Washington. With runners at second and third, and one out, the Nationals pitcher P threw a wild pitch (on an intentional ...
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Who qualifies for a “save” in this example?

The starter left after five innings with a one run lead. (Actually, he was "pulled" after letting the first two batters on base in the sixth.) A reliever comes on, "strands" the two inherited runners ...
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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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Who would hear a protest in an Inter-league game?

In a game between the Chicago White Sox and the San Francisco Giants on 8/13/2014, the White Sox manager was ejected for arguing the application of the newly-clarified rule that a catcher may not ...
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Is a base runner automatically out if they stop advancing when forced to their next base?

Here's a situation that came up during a back lot league softball game a few weeks ago. (Note: While our league has some of its own rules we try to defer to MLB rules in all causes that aren't ...
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How does arbitration work in baseball?

First, my understanding is that they use professional labor arbitrators, not people with a strong specific knowledge of baseball. So "old" metrics, hits, runs, RBIs and ERAs count for more than on ...
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Has a pitcher ever struck out nine consecutive batters in MLB?

Has any pitcher in a competitive Major League Baseball game ever struck out nine consecutive batters (in other words, the whole side)? Has anyone ever done this from first pitch, striking out the ...
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Is Tom Glavine the only hockey player who was drafted by the NHL, but went on to play another professional sport?

At his MLB Hall of Fame induction, Tom Glavine noted that he was also drafted to play hockey by the NHL's Los Angeles Kings (1984 draft, 4th round), ahead of Hockey Hall of Famers Brett Hull (6th ...
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How does a three team trade work?

Now that we are approaching the MLB trade deadline, I would like to ask some questions about unusual trades. The first is about three team trades. Suppose a manager of team A goes to the manager of ...
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When *exactly* is a player eligible to come off the MLB disabled list?

I guess I'm essentially asking if the time limit is inclusive or exclusive. For example: A player is placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 1. Does that mean that he is eligible to return (at ...
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What's the purpose of making a “below slot” high round draft pick?

This question applies to Major League Baseball, where teams have an "allowance" on which they can spend for players in various slots. In the first round, the Pittsburgh Pirates surprised many people, ...
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What are the guidelines for declaring for the MLB Draft?

Johnny Manziel was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the 2014 MLB Draft as a shortstop(1). However, Manziel is better known as a quarterback, currently of the Cleveland Browns, ...
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Batter delay of game

Why is the batter allowed to wander in and out of the box? Doesn't this amount to delay of the game? The pitcher has 12 seconds to throw the ball after he receives it from the catcher. Apparently he ...
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Which active MLB player has the highest Body Mass Index of the league?

I've been reading about Bartolo Colon and got intrigued: Which active MLB player has the highest Body Mass Index of the league?
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NBA / MLB ball boy interference

In the NBA, when the ball is in one end of the court, a ball boy usually squeegees the other end. In some cases the ball boy is caught off guard by a steal or an unexpected play and in some cases ...
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Batting average greater than on-base percentage

While watching a New York Mets game early this season, before one plate appearance the broadcast graphics displayed that catcher John Buck had a batting average (AVG) of .400 and an on-base percentage ...
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What is the lowest number of hits to lead a team for a major league baseball season?

For a full major league baseball season, what player has led his team with the fewest number of hits? If the season did not have 162 games, what is the answer for 162 game seasons?
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How can an unassisted triple play be accomplished in the majors?

Unassisted double plays are uncommon, but they happen. First or third baseman catches a low line drive and tags the runner who led off and/or took off thinking there was no way you'd make that catch. ...
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Error or Earned Run?

There seems to be great disagreement about whether Starlin Castro made an error in the 5th inning of the Cubs-Athletics game on July 2, 2013. The AP recap of the game reads: "The Cubs collapsed on ...
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When does a player become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft?

During the annual meetings of baseball every winter there is a short reorganization of baseball teams. It's called the Rule 5 draft. During this draft a certain group of players from each team are ...
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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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Has the only hit in an MLB game ever been an inside-the-park home run?

Has there ever been a one-hitter MLB game in which the hit is an inside-the-park home run?
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Unique baseball scoring situation: Who gets the Win?

The question is which pitcher gets the win A or B? My baseball team played a double header (each game 7 innings) recently. Pitcher A started game 2. Because he also pitched in game one (all 7 ...
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Pitching loss in baseball

Pitcher A allows the potential lead runner to reach base in a tie game. Pitcher B comes in to relieve and gives up a hit, then gets the lead runner out on a fielder's choice. Now, pitcher A has nobody ...
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Batting Average after replay?

Since Major League Baseball has implemented replay on home runs, has the batter's batting average increased due to the wait the pitcher has between pitches?
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Switch-Pitcher versus Switch-Batter

A Switch-Pitcher is pitching (Can pitch with the left or right arm). A Switch-Batter is at the plate (Can bat from the left or right side). In the MLB, who is forced to choose what side they are ...
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Which teams has won the most titles in the four major American Sports?

Which teams has won the most titles in the four major American Sports (American Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey)? I think the Pittsburgh Steelers have the most in the NFL with 6? Who has the ...
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Bunting the ball while stepping on the plate

If a batter successfully bunts a ball while stepping on the plate, is he out? What if the bunt is unsuccessful?
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How could a trade take place after the trade deadline?

In August 2012, roughly several weeks after the trade deadline, the Red Sox and the Dodgers made a trade in which the Red Sox sent players, worth over $250 million in remaining salary, to the Dodgers. ...
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Can a team sell tickets to a practice?

The Tigers have about a week off between now and the World Series. Is there anything in the Rules about not letting a Team Sell Tickets for Practice? My thought is that by having a stadium full of ...
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Has the MLB Division Series Ever had all 4 Series go 5 games?

This year all 4 Division Series Games have gone the distance has that ever happened before?
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Infield Fly Rule

During the 2012 NL Wild Card game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves, a fly ball was hit by Atlanta. St. Louis let the ball drop due to miscommunication, but an umpire called ...
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Use of PED's by players who are not currently under contract or are recovering in the off-season

Does Major League Baseball restrict former MLB players who are not under contract from using legally perscribed PED's prior to coming back to play for a team? Are there restrictions on MLB players ...
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Does MLB rookie status include postseason play?

From the MLB rule book, the rule states: Determining rookie status: A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 ...
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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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Why did Ichiro choose number 31 with the Yankees?

When Ichiro Suzuki was traded from the Mariners to the Yankees, he went with uniform #31 instead of #51. I understand the reasoning behind not selecting #51 (Bernie Williams' number, which I guess ...
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Why can't MLB teams trade draft picks?

Why can't MLB teams trade draft picks like the NHL or NFL? It would make for much more interesting drafts, and teams could "stock up" on young talent, then burn picks for veterans to make a playoff ...
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What is BABIP in Baseball, and what does it tell us?

How does one get a high/low BABIP? Is this statistic for hitters and/or pitchers? What does a high/low BABIP mean? Definition: BABIP = (Hits - Homeruns) / (At Bats - Strikeouts - Homeruns + ...
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How does the rise in popularity of fantasy sports affect league ticket sales?

I've seen some guesswork on the web around the economic impact fantasy sports has had on tv viewership and general product sales. However, I can't find any hard research on what the effect on ticket ...
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Use of the Disabled List

At times Major League Baseball teams place an underperforming player on the DL (Disabled List). It seems the DL would be meant for players who are injured and or are returning from injury. Why aren't ...
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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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What baseball rules or calls have become customary despite them not being in the rule book?

There are some rules in Major League Baseball that have "evolved" over time. One such example is the checked swing rule. Announcers talk about the bat "breaking the plane of the plate" to judge ...
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Technology in Baseball

Since the early 2000's digital cameras have been installed by MLB in stadiums to enhance broadcasting/media as well as to review the performance of home plate umpires during baseball games. According ...
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Preventing a player from playing a specific position via suspension

In Major League Baseball, any player can play any position. This seems to be the main reason a Pitcher is suspended with the same standard suspension as a position player. This despite a pitcher's ...
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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 ...