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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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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How does the runner placed at second base in extra innings affect Earned Run Average?

Normally the pitcher who allows a runner to reach base is charged with the run if the runner eventually reaches home, even if the pitcher is replaced before the runner scores. If the run is an earned ...
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Could MLB use all minor league players if they can’t reach a deal with major league players?

If MLB and the players union can’t reach an agreement to start the season, could the owners use all minor league players instead?
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Can stalling your delivery be cause for a balk?

Watching the 2016 AL Wild Card game between Toronto and Baltimore (that Edwin Encarnacion won with a walk-off), and I'm seeing what might be considered a balk, but I'm not sure why it's not. Roberto ...
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New York Yankees logo

There seems to be 2 logos for New York Yankees. The rightmost one seems to be the official one. How about the leftmost one?
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According to what, MLB teams advance from regular to playoff

There are 15 teams in each league in MLB regular season games, and 7 teams in each league in post season games. According to what, MLB teams advance from regular to playoff? The number of wins? what ...
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MLB The Show Players League [closed]

Some clip in a MLB The Show Players League video looks like some kind of video games. The guy pointed out by the red arrow seems to be manipulating a playstation controller. Is "MLB The Show Players ...
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What is a hit called, that is not a home run, but still allows the batter to make it around the bases?

I know about singles, doubles and triples, depending on where the batter ends up, while the ball is in the out field, but what if the batter has enough time to make it all the way around? Is it still ...
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Who scores in 0 outs, bases loaded, missed base at 2nd, on a deep foul fly in right field tag

0 outs, B4 hits deep fly to right catches but everyone is wheeling (and they drop relay ball is rolling around), R3 tags on third and scores, 2 misses third and scores, R1 behind him scores, BR ...
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Hitter does not step on home plate to end game in Baseball [duplicate]

What happens if a game ends on extra innings and a player coming home to end the game, doesn’t step on home plate?
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Can a fielder pretend to field a ball to deceive the batter/runners?

In baseball, if a ball is hit, can a fielder such as the shortstop or third baseman pretend to have caught or fielded the ball to trick a runner into not running, or a batter into not advancing? ...
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Has there ever been a complete game in which the pitcher never threw 3 balls in one at-bat?

During his perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, Don Larsen went to 3 balls in a count against only one batter. (source) Has there ever been a complete game in MLB history in which the ...
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What caused “everyone” to overlook Mike Trout in the draft? [closed]

With the benefit of hindsight, Mike Trout has been the best baseball player of his "generation," if not of all time. Yet, one would not know this from his draft history. He was the 25th draft pick in ...
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Why doesn't the MLB just allow teams to try to steal signs? [duplicate]

Using technology to steal signs is banned in baseball. Teams consider this type of sign stealing a way of gaining an unfair advantage (Joe Maddon compared it to using PEDs). As far as I can tell, ...
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What strategy did the 2002 Oakland Athletics use to determine what pitchers to look for?

During the 2002 season when Oakland was using the famous "Moneyball" strategy, they largely looked to on-base-percentage when measuring player value, but this only seems to address how to look for ...
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Runner and batter-runner both tagged at first base, is it a double-play?

During a forced play, batter hits a ground ball to the first base. The fielder at first base catches the ball then tags the runner while still on the base and then tags the base. Is this a double-play,...
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What would the World Series schedule be in this case?

If the Yankees played the Mets in the World Series, it would be the two teams with the shortest distance between ballparks. As it is now, and for every other case in memory, there is a travel day ...
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Why doesn't the United States have a Professional Women's Baseball League?

Australia is about to start a professional women's baseball league in about 2 years. In the same news report it said that the US doesn't have one. I am amazed. Why?
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Running the bases during a ground rule double

I'm umping in a slow pitch softball league and we had something I've never seen in all my years umping or playing, there's a runner on 1st only and the hitter at bat hits a ground rule double. The ...
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Baseball last inning pinch-hitting/pinch-running loophole?

I was researching pinch hitting and running the other day, ands I thought of a possible loophole that could be used to get a walk off when in a bad situation in baseball. The premise of the loop ...
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Help me to understand how I am out

Ok so I’m relatively new to baseball and I am getting to grips with the rules through playing the mlb the show video game. In the game there is a situation which I always get called out and I don’t ...
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What is the fewest number of series lost by a baseball team in a season?

In baseball, a series is 2 or more consecutive games against the same team. For a 3-game series, a team loses that series if they lose 2 or all 3 of the games. For a 4-game series, a team loses that ...
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Fair or foul ball?

A hit ball that would have landed foul beyond first base, but was redirected by the defender and lands fair. The ball never touched the ground until after it was deflected by the defender. Is that a ...
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Tag runner at first base

I have a question on the first base runner ruling. Here's what happened : Batter hit the ball in play While running to the first he felt but managed to touch the bag with his hand. Doesn't ask for ...
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Why is ERA multiplied by 9?

Mathematically speaking, the 9 doesn't contribute any meaningful information. The same information would be encoded in the ERA using Earned Runs/Innings Pitched
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Baseball Home Run Flyout

A batter hits the ball really high and runs the bases to home plate. However, one of the defending players catches the ball after the batter crosses home plate and the ball never touches the ground. ...
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Double play in baseball

The bases are loaded and the ball bounces in front of the third baseman. He picks up the ball and touches third for a force-out on the runner coming from second base. Can he throw home for another ...
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Which kind of out did Contreras get at bottom 2nd in the game of Dodgers vs. Cubs at April 25, 2019?

at bottom 2nd in the game of Dodgers vs. Cubs at April 25, 2019, Contreras ran towards the home plate first and then back towards the 3rd base, and then out. Why was that? Which kind of out did ...
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Can this July 1958 NYC baseball game be identified?

I've got two photos of a night game in NYC area after July 4, 1958 and before the end of August 1958 (when film was developed), likely around July 5 or 6. Can anyone identify: The Stadium The Home ...
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MLB- biggest comeback to make playoffs

In theme with the Mets attempting to make the NL Wild Card spot during the 2019 MLB season, despite grossly underperforming before the All Star break, what has been the biggest turnaround for a team ...
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Why are combined no hitters so rare?

The other day, the Astros pitched only the 14th combined no hitter in MLB history by a starter and reliever(s). I believe that there were actually more than 14 complete game no hitters by only ...
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Multiple hits in an inning by a pitcher

Today against the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg started the third inning with a single and later hit a three-run home run in that same inning. When was the last time a ...

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