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Baseball - Fielder's choice or an error during double play?

Runner on the first base. Batter hits a ground ball to shortstop. Shortstop throws to second, second to first in an attempt for 6-4-3 double play. However, first baseman fumbles the ball, and as a ...
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Why don’t more players steal 3rd with less than 2 outs?

I don’t understand why more players don’t attempt to steal 3rd with 0 or 1 outs? I know the player on 2nd is already in scoring position, but scoring would depend on getting a hit. After stealing 3rd ...
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Reasons teams lose the final game of the series after winning the series?

Over and over my local team that has a better than average winning record seems to consistently lose the final game of the series after securing the series (unless they're playing a truly challenged ...
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Any pointers on arm recovery after a long start?

Just came off an 8-inning start. Pitch count was 97, IIRC (phew!). My arm is absolutely spent. No matter how much I "rest" it, it just keeps hurting. Does anyone know if there's anything I ...
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Did Carroll actually miss the catch?

On 5/13/2024 (I think) during the Reds Diamondbacks game, Corbin Carroll performed what looked to be an awesome sliding catch that the Reds apparently challenged and overturned. I was watching the ...
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How may earned runs in this situation?

B1-Single B2-FC safe at 1st B1 out at second B3-Walk B4-Walk B5-E5 Safe at third B2, B3, B4 score B6-E2 safe at first B5 scores B7-BB B8-BB B9-FC 2 out B10-FC 3 out
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Why do the Chicago White Sox wear black socks instead of white ones?

Why do the Chicago White Sox wear black socks instead of white ones? Why are white socks not part of their uniform, since it is their name?
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Not wearing Pants in MLB will lead to an automatic walk?

The MLB rules define the strike zone as follows: "The official strike zone is the area over home plate from the midpoint between a batter's shoulders and the top of the uniform pants -- when the ...
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Bases loaded, no outs, can first base runner retreat after first base is tagged

Bases are loaded with no outs. Ball hit into play. Runner on first starts to second and stops, first base is tagged while the first base runner is on first base and the batter had not made it to ...
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How many times has a team successfully challenged a home run call, only for the hitter to come back up and hit one for real?

During the 2023 National League Division Series vs the Dodgers, Arizona's Christian Walker hit a ball over the fence at Chase Field. The Dodgers challenged the home run call, and it was overturned, so ...
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How can two pitchers be credited with the same earned runs?

In the April 4, 2024 game MIA@STL, the final score was MIA 5 - STL 8. Looking at the box score, I see that two Miami pitchers combined to pitch the bottom of the seventh inning (Sanchez with one out ...
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Is a pop fly in foul territory, missed with contact and lands in foul territory fair or foul? [duplicate]

If a baseball player attempts to catch a pop fly ball in foul territory (regardless of him standing near or far from the foul line), misses the ball but it touches his glove and then lands in foul ...
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Baseball stealing bases

I am new to baseball and quite a few rules are not clear for me. If a player on first base tries to steal second base before the pitcher throws the ball he would have to be “tagged out” because he is ...
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Fly ball hits a runner and goes out of play

What if a flyball touches a fielder then hits a runner and goes out of play? What's the call? Double grounded, right?
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Chan Ho Park's Earned Runs Allowed on April 23, 1999

I saw a crazy stat today where Fernando Tatis Sr. hit two grand slams in a single inning, and crazily enough both off of Chan Ho Park, on April 23, 1999 in a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and ...
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Which Pitcher Is Assigned The Run

When a pitcher is removed, he is responsible for the number of runners N that he left on base when exiting. However, is he responsible for the next N runs in that inning? So, consider the following ...
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Hit by batted ball

What if a batted ball deflected by a infielder, in fair territory, touches a runner, (or an umpire) and then goes, while it still is in flight, or not, in dead ball territory? What's the rule? 2 award ...
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Appeal Play Home

Sitch: We have a R3 who missed home plate, what's the ruling? If the runner is scrambling back to the plate, is a tag appeal of the runner the only option offered to defense? Can they not tag the ...
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How many earned runs in this scenario?

The pitcher walks 3 batters to start the inning. Infield in, the next batter hits it to right field and the fielder makes and error and all 3 runners on score. Man on second, no outs the next batter ...
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Teams losing games despite scoring runs

How many times has an MLB team lost a game after scoring 10 or more runs?
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Baseball - Reaching by Fielder's Choice

Nobody out. A Runner is on First Base. The next Batter hits the ball on the ground, and the Fielder gets the lead Runner out at Second Base, the Batter taking First Base. The same bases situation as ...
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Question about Baseball and Runners Left On Base (LOB)

Runners at first and second. Two out. The next batter is out at first. Runners advanced during the play. Which bases were the LOB Runners considered to be left on? 1st and 2nd, or 2nd and 3rd?
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Can a base runner steal during an appeal play?

Can a player steal a base during an appeal play of another runner missing a bag?
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Teams winning games despite issuing numerous walks

How many times has an MLB team won a game after issuing 12 or more walks?
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Do I need to tag runner while standing on the base?

I am new to baseball, really love it but for me as European the rules are bit unclear. I am confused by this video of Javy Báez. From what I understand as Javy is running back to home plate another ...
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Three-batter minimum and rain delays

There seems to be a longstanding belief that, if a pitcher has warmed up and/or begun to pitch, but then there is a long rain delay, that he should be replaced after the delay instead of continuing to ...
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Batted ball hits bat again in the box

The batter squares to bunt and makes contact with the pitch. The ball bounces in front of home plate. The ball then bounces up and hits the bat again. Both feet of the batter are still in the box. ...
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Cut-Blocking the Catcher

A runner on second base rounds third after the batter singles to center. About 20 feet from home, out of the corner of his eye he notices a perfect throw to the opposing catcher. The runner puts on ...
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Does a manager ever warm up two pitchers with the same handedness?

When a manager comes out to the mound to signal to the bullpen, he will simply motion with his left or right hand, indicating the throwing hand of the pitcher he wants. Have there ever been two of the ...
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Why did the Diamondbacks cut Madison Bumgarner?

In case you didn't know, Madison Bumgarner was a starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I heard that the team had cut ties with him after designating him for assignment. I did some research ...
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Pitcher with limited arsenal gets figured out too quickly, how can they become less predictable and effective?

Suppose as a pitcher I have a three-pitch arsenal (e.g. fastball, curveball, slider) and I play the position of relieving pitcher. I've noticed that my pitching style becomes repetitive due to my ...
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How Can a Fielder Make a Force Out in Baseball?

In baseball, when a runner is forced to advance to first base and a fielder catches the ball, the fielder can make a force out by touching the base with their feet when getting the ball. They can also ...
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When did each MLB team officially beat all the other teams in the regular season?

I would assume, after 25+ years of inter-league play with 30 teams, pretty much every team has beaten every single other MLB team. To take a sample pairing, Cubs vs. Blue Jays, we have 16 games, which ...
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Pickoff fake a throw disengaged

If a pitcher fake a throw to a base is he considered disengaged? So technically then could he fake a throw to first base?
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Winning pitcher when tied

I have read the rules and threads but I am still unclear about this situation The home team starting pitcher leaves the game after 6 innings leading 3-2. The relief pitcher comes in at the 7th. The ...
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Can a runner run back to their original base during a stealing base?

Can a baserunner run back to their starting base in a stealing base situation? R1 steals legally 2B and 3B but then he wants to come back ti 1B, is legal ?
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Can a runner run back to their original base on a forced play?

I have a question about baseball rules: forced play, R1 goes in 2B, BR in 1B > R1 misses 3B can he retreat to 3B and after to 2B? And BR can retreat, after is on 3B, to 1B?
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Can a runner run back to their original base after missing the latest base?

I have a question about baseball rules: R1 go to 3B base, R2 missed 3B, so R1 retreat to 3B and R3 touches 3B, in this case R2 can retreat to 2B and R1 can back to 2B or even 1B?
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Can a runner run back to their original base?

I have a question about baseball rules: Runner starts on first base and goes to third base legally. Now, until the play has finished (I mean the pitcher on the mound with the ball), can the runner go ...
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What is a "grand slam single"?

MLB calls this a "grand slam single." How is that possible?
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How does a ball that gets embedded in the outfield wall be handled?

If the ball gets embedded in the outfield wall, what is the ruling?
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Can a baserunner "steal" first base?

How was this play able to happen?
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What happens if the leading baserunner misses a base?

What is the correct ruling in the following situation? Runners on first (R1) and second (R2) Batter gets a hit and is out before reaching first (fewer than three outs) R1 and R2 advance; R1 touches ...
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Does the Mets stadium apple rise for inside-the-park home runs?

Any time a Mets player hits a home run at Citi Field (or previously at Shea Stadium) the home run apple in center field rises. Does this happen for inside-the-park home runs as well?
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How to record an injured players automatic out

The player was injured while not at bat. Unfortunately there were not enough players to have a pinch hitter when the injured player was scheduled to bat the next inning. The team was required to ...
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Rule on runner safe at home interfering with thrown ball lodged under him

Little league game (15U): Fewer than 2 outs. A ball is batted into infield. A runner from 3B goes home and slides head/hands first just as a fielder throws the ball to the catcher. The throw is low ...
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Would the hidden ball trick from the movie Little Big League be legal in the MLB today?

The classic baseball movie, Little Big League, has a hidden ball trick. Would a play like this be considered legal in the MLB? Or is this a balk or another rule ...
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Runner missed bag on first and is tagged on second

The ball is hit to right center field, the runner misses first base while rounding it and goes on to be safe at second. We tell the umpire about the missed base, and instruct our player to tag them on ...
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Lowest career WAR for a 2-time+ all-star?

Of all MLB players who have made the all-star team at least twice, who has the lowest career WAR? Is there a way to answer this question with baseball-reference or mlb savant? Or do you have to write ...
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When Does An Unappealed Illegal Run Become Legal?

Visitors are down by one run in the top of the ninth with one out and runners on second and third bases. The batter hits a scorching line-drive down the right-field line. The runner on third comes ...
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