Questions tagged [baseball]

Questions about the sport of baseball in general. For the American professional baseball league, see [mlb]. Note that autograph identification questions ("Who signed this baseball?") are OFF-TOPIC and will be closed.

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Does an out made after a failure to tag up count as a force out?

Consider the following play: There are runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. The batter hits a line out to center for the second out. The runner on 3rd tags up correctly and crosses home plate. The ...
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Is a ball that bounces in fair territory and is then touched by a fielder in foul territory fair or foul?

I hit a short pop fly on the infield, the ball landed in fair territory and bounced foul; before it hit the ground in foul territory a infielder touched it. Is this a fair or foul ball?
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Is the runner on safe if the the fielder steps on the bag before him?

Consider this case. Runner's on first, batter hits ground ball and reaches first base safely. Runner on first advances to second, but fielder steps on the bag before him. Is the Runner safe or out?
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Who gets the win?

Starting pitcher went six innings with the score 3-0. First Relief pitcher pitcher gave up 3 runs so score was 3-3. Then 2nd reliever held 2.2 innings to a final score of 6-3. So who gets the win? ...
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Earned or unearned run?

No outs. Next batter hits a ground ball to pitcher; pitcher throws to 2nd for force out, then short stop makes bad throw to 1st. Guy that originally started on 2nd scores on bad throw. Is that earned ...
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In baseball, how are players stopped from heckling/distracting each other, the batter in particular?

For example, for fielders distracting the batter, I'm thinking of Physical distractions, like waving their arms, or everyone breaking out into the thriller dance, etc.. Vocal distractions, like ...
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What is the record for most consecutive non-intentional pitches called balls?

What is the record for most consecutive balls (not intentional) thrown by a pitcher in the MLB?
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Origin of the formula for weighted stolen base runs (wSB)

I am considering the formula for weighted stolen base runs (wSB), which is given as wSB = a * SB + b * CS - lgwSB * (1B + uBB + HBP) and a = 0.2 and b = (-2 * RunsPerOut + 0.075). I have two questions:...
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How would a position player warm up to be a "reliever?"

About ten years ago, there were a series of experiments (since gone nowhere), of allowing position players to pitch, say, one inning as a "reliever," particularly if the team were losing ...
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Runners passing each other at home base in baseball

Consider the case where bases are loaded with 1 out, and the batter gets a base hit to the right. Runners on third and second score without a throw. But the runner on third missed home while picking ...
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What does this description of a baseball game mean?

The Atlanta Braves are going to the NLCS. The first game in the series is on Saturday 15 October 2021, but the game is described as ATL / LAD @ SF / ATL What does that mean? The Braves are playing ...
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What's the precise definition of the individual "left on base" statistic?

MLB.com's box scores include a "LOB" column in the individual batting records, showing number of runners left on base. I am curious how exactly this statistic is defined. MLB's Glossary ...
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Field of Dreams Game

The Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees played an MLB game at the Field of Dreams in August 2021. What was the reasoning behind MLB hosting a game there? Was there any significance to the ...
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What is a balk?

I am a casual baseball fan, and by that I mean exclusively watching through Jomboy breakdown videos. In a recent video Manager WANTS a balk to be called, a breakdown, he starts off with saying: We've ...
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Batter Misses Home Plate on Home Run Appeal Process

Similar to NCAA softball game several years ago, youth baseball player hits homerun over fence and touches all bases except home plate during celebration. Player celebrates with team and gets to ...
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Is there any logic why it's the World Series in the MLB?

No other sports does it. That their big tournament is THE WORLD SERIES when all teams are US or at least North American based. But in the MLB, its the world series. Even if they are not the only ...
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Sinkerball pitchers improving during games

There is an adage in baseball that "sinkerball pitchers improve as the game goes", that in particular the sink improves - so sinkerball pitchers tend to give up a lot of fly balls in the ...
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Base Out State Probabilities by Batting Order Position

I am looking for the number of PA's (Plate Appearances) that occurred in each of the 24 possible base-out states split by batting order position. I am interested especially in the years 2010-2015 in ...
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Baseball rules interpretation [duplicate]

Bases loaded ball hit to the third baseman who attempts eventually tags the runner going to third for the 3rd out, but the runner on 3rd scores before he is tagged. Does the run count?
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How is mlb.com's ">.500" record calculated?

On Major League Baseball's Standings page, one of the fields is headed >.500: "Record against >.500 teams". Is this the record in games against teams whose record was above .500 when ...
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What is an improper batter?

I'm a first time little league coach, and this came up in my second game: who is an improper (out-of-order) batter? To keep things simple and fair for my kids, I kept the same batting order from game ...
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What is the ruling on a dropped third strike and first base being unoccupied because a runner is stealing?

If a runner is stealing the second base, and the catcher drops a third strike is first base considered occupied or can the batter run to first and be safe?
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Can a runner touch a dead ball?

Runner is on 3rd base. Batter in the box hits a foul ball on the ground down (so now it's a dead ball) the first base line. The first base coach bends down and tosses it to the pitcher. The pitcher ...
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Scoring Errors in Defensive Judgement

In Baseball, do errors in judgement factor in scoring? Example: Nobody on base, batter hits single to center field but fielder throws home instead of 2nd allowing runner to advance to second. Both ...
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Has anyone ever thrown a 4-out immaculate inning?

Has any pitcher ever thrown a 4-out immaculate inning, and if so, was it still considered immaculate? That is 4 strikeouts on 12 pitches, with one batter having reached due to a wild pitch.
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Batter stepping over first base

With no runners on bases, the batter hits a ball to the short-stop. The batter steps over first base without making contact with it. The first baseman drops the ball and never had possession. Knowing ...
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Does a relief pitcher who loses the lead then regains it get a win?

Starting pitcher ends inning with a 3-1 lead. New inning, relief pitcher gives up two runs for a 3-3 tie. Bottom of that inning we go ahead and finish with a win. Which pitcher gets the W? Seems ...
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Sac fly and sac bunt

I am having trouble understanding sacrifice fly and sacrifice bunt in baseball. Specifically, do both result in out for the batter? Because otherwise what would "sacrifice" mean? It will be ...
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Tossing the ball after tagging out an attempted steal at second

I was watching a compilation video that included many clips in which a catcher, immediately after a pitch, threw to second base, and a fielder tagged someone out who was stealing from first. In many ...
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Can a runner steal bases while batters are switching?

can a base runner attempt to steal a base in the time when a new batter is stepping up to the plate after the previous one left?
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How to determine winning team from the MLB retrosheet "event" file?

As far as I can tell, there isn't a field in the event file (https://www.retrosheet.org/eventfile.htm) that states the winning team. By my understanding it could either be found from the game file (...
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Could the batter get a walk when the catcher didn't catch the ball?

At about 22′58″ into the video linked below, the Red Sox's batter (Christian) swung and missed when the Yankees' catcher didn't get the ball either. If Christian didn't swing, could he get a walk? The ...
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Looking for the name of an on-base stat that I am sure exists

I'm looking for a stat for how often a hitter gets on base via walk, hit, hit by ball. Anything excluding homeruns. As in the percentage of time people actually stand on a base.
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Does 9th hitter in baseball mean something special?

I know the fourth player in the batting order is known as the cleanup hitter, also known as the cleanup spot and in modern baseball is almost always one of the best hitters on the team. At about 1′13″ ...
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In terms of Red Sox, why there were 4 games against Rays while 3 games against Yankees?

This is the schedule for Red Sox in September in 2020. Why there were 4 games against Rays while just 3 games against the Yankees?
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Injuries in the 3 batter rule

As part of the pandemic season in Major League Baseball, a 3 batter rule was implemented to speed up the game. It states that each pitcher must face at least 3 batters (or finish an inning) before he ...
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would a run score from third with a man on second when the batter flied out and they tagged the base at second cause he left early

With a man on third and second, batter flies out to right and is caught for the second out. The runner on third tags up legally. The runner on second left early, right field throws to third to get the ...
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Why does there seem to be more pitching changes in recent years?

The last time I watched baseball was in 2012, and there has been more frequent pitching changes, especially in the post-season. For instance, this NY Post article states: In 2018, teams set a new ...
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Why does the infield arc have a radius of 95 feet?

The dirt on a baseball infield extends out to an arc centered on the lip of the pitching rubber (60' 6" from home) and has a radius of 95'. This makes the distance from home to the very edge of ...
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What does 0.1 inning mean in baseball stats?

Baseball-reference labels Adam Ottavino as 0.1 IP (innings pitched). Similarly, Jordan Montgomery gets 5.2 IP. What does that mean? How is this stat calculated?
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If a batter is injured, while hitting a home run out of a park, and cannot physically run the bases, can a pinch runner be used?

If a batter is injured, while hitting a home run out of a park, and cannot physically run the bases, can a pinch runner be used?
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What do different fill (background) colors mean in the MLB schedule?

In the schedule, MLB official site displays games in different fill (background) colors. For instance, the Red Sox vs. Yankees game on July 31 is in grey fill color, while the game on July 7 is in ...
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Is "number of runs in a game in the first three innings" also a piece of stats?

At about 4′6″ into the video linked below, the announcer says "They're averaging about three runs a game in the first three innings." The link starts at 4′1″. ...
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What does F/10 and F/11 in MLB stats mean?

The screenshot shown below comes from MLB What does F/10 and F/11 mean?
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When talking about a batter, what does shutout mean?

At about 7′30″ into the video linked below, the announcer says "That's shotout to center field." As far as I know, shutout refers to the act by which a single pitcher pitches a complete game ...
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Is there a term in MLB sounds like "down lacked command"?

At about 1′47″ into the video linked below, it sounds like that the announcer says "Something to watch tonight is velocity, way down lacked command in his last start and he's a free agent at the ...
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the wall/fence on the right of PNC Park in Pittsburgh

Here is PNC Park in Pittsburgh I guess the wall/fence pointed out by red arrow is 21 feet high. What about the wall pointed out by blue arrow? I'm not even sure whether there is a wall there pointed ...
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What does “show up fielders” mean in a baseball game?

A guy is explaining some unwritten rules in baseball. At about 8'01″ into the video, it sounds like that the guy says Pitchers should never show up their fielders What does "show up" mean ...
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What does "gets pulled" mean in a baseball game?

A guy is explaining some unwritten rules in baseball. At about 7'50″ into the video, the guy says If a pitcher gets pulled they should stay in the dugout at least until the end of that inning. What ...
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When a batter gets a hit, how does the scoreboard shows that?

Per a tutorial, A batter gets a hit when he reaches a base without getting out or forcing another runner to get out. When a batter gets a hit, how does the scoreboard show that?
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