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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 is the logic behind pitting AL vs NL in the All-Star game for ws home-field advantage?

I always figured that the reasons the all-star game is now played this way are: There's no other non-arbitrary way to directly compare the AL and NL champions It makes the all-star game more ...
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Why doesn't the MLB implement a salary cap?

I was reading an article in FiveThirtyEight a few months back which described the NBA as one of the most lopsided leagues in North America. By that it meant that the same teams tended to be ...
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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 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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Does any rule require MLB teams to announce probable pitchers?

In Major League Baseball, a few days before each game, each team typically announces a "probable" starting pitcher. Is there a rule requiring them to do so, or is it simply a matter of tradition or ...
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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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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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Has a college team ever played against a professional team?

This question is inspired by the recent debate[1][2][3][4] about whether the 2014-15 University of Kentucky men's basketball team (who had been undefeated until tonight's loss to Wisconsin) could ...
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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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Why will the National League not adopt the DH? [closed]

In the AL, the DH position allows older hitters to preserve their career for several more years. Why will the National League not adopt the DH given this benefit?
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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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Is a top prospect usually called up at the beginning or middle of the season?

When it is known before the season starts that the team's top prospect will be called up that year, does it usually happen for Opening Day, or do they get the call later in the year? Also, are there ...
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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 ...