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MLB Rule Changes, what is the process?

It seems many sports have a system but it isn't always followed. It may start with team owners and then voting to push it forward or 'commissioner' role may just implement something arbitrarily, ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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?
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Does a pitcher receive an earned run if he makes an error?

I know if a runner crosses a plate on an error made by a defending player, the run doesn't count as earned to the pitcher but if the runner scores because of an error made by the pitcher, shouldn't ...
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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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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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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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What is the fastest pitch ever recorded in MLB?

I am seeing online that there are a lot of people who state Aroldis Chapman is the hardest throwing pitcher, and I am also seeing a lot of people who state that Nolan Ryan holds that record. Both with ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Why would a recently drafted player sign for less than slot value?

Why would a recently drafted player sign for less than slot value? This is their only chance to make some money before making the big club if that ever happens? Seems to me it is not in the players ...
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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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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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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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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 ...