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Questions tagged [baseball]

Questions about the sport of baseball in general. For the American professional baseball league, see [mlb].

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I have a Signed baseball dose anyone no who it is I'm pretty sure from red socks dose have a authentic sticker # 445695 bb

Unkown signature could not find out who it was glad it doesn't look that to the eye wen in hand zoom dose it no justice lol and what is it worth enter image description here
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What is the cause for MLB regular season strikeouts to be more than hits?

For the first time in the history of the MLB, the 2018 season saw the total number of batter hits be less than strikeouts. See chart below: Hits have consistently been about 10,000+ higher than ...
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Baseball Autograph - ID Help 90's Braves Game [closed]

I was at a Braves home game in the early 90's and the security guy let me retrieve a homer that was smashed clear out of the park... at the end of the game, I was able to meet the batter and he signed ...
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Can a force play come back into effect if a runner reaches the required base but then retreats?

Situation (in a youth baseball league game): Bases loaded, 1 out. A ground ball is hit to the shortstop. Runner at 3rd goes home and touches the plate. Runner at 2nd begins to run to 3rd, but seeing ...
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Odd scenario at first base through poor baserunning

Runner on first, a grounder is hit to first and the runner doesn't advance because he thinks the ball is going foul. The ball is played by the first baseman and ruled fair. The first baseman touches ...
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Runner doesn't tag from second run scores from third but out is made at second [duplicate]

This happened a couple years back and has bothered me. There was a runner on second and third with one out. The ball was hit to center and caught. The runner from third tagged and scored and the ...
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Why have “less than 250 feet” in rule 5.05(a)(5) if rule 2.01 renders its chance of occurrence to zero?

While reading Rule 5.05, I came across the following in (a)(5): A fair ball passes over a fence or into the stands at a distance from home base of 250 feet or more. Such hit entitles the batter ...
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What happens if fielder catches ball at fence but drops ball over fence?

Here's the scenario: Batter hits pitch, ball looks to drop just outside the fence but a fielder manages to get to the fence quickly and climb on it to attempt a catch, raising his arm to try and get ...
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Does the run count on a force out if it's the second out of the play AND the first is a non-forced tag out?

So the scenario that I'm wondering about (not trying to be difficult, just curious)... Runner at 2nd and 3rd... hit to SS and a slow batter-runner.... SS tags 2nd who was advancing unforced and the ...
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Base running after being awarded two bases

Runner is one first base. He starts stealing second base but decides to go back to first. The ball goes from catcher to second baseman. Second baseman tries to pick up the runner going back to first ...
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Is it a good play for a runner on third coming home when a hitter hit a ground ball to second base?

When a hitter hits a short ground ball to second base, should a runner on third stay at the base or run home?
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What is the meaning of the word true in the phrase 'The three true outcomes in baseball'

On TV and articles I've read the phrase - 'the true outcome of a baseball play' is used to refer to a play that has one of 3 possible endings. They are a walk, a strike out, or a home run. We can all ...
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When were dugout railings added in MLB?

I was watching the movie "Major League" with my wife when she asked about the absence of the dugout railings. She assumed it was for the movie. I explained that they were added fairly recently (early ...
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How high does a baseball travel in a major league pop-up?

It seems that major league baseball players have to wait a relatively long time to field a pop-up. This led me to wonder how high the ball traveled. If one knew how high the ball traveled, one could ...
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Slowpitch softball

There is a lot of talk about an appeal play for a missed base with or without runners on base. The problem is no one is talking about the what the batter is credited with. In our case with 2 outs and ...
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Why had Jackie Robinson chosen number 42?

Any athlete, whether child, amateur, or professional, chooses a number and tends to wear it for sentimental reasons. Does anyone know why Jackie Robinson had chosen number 42?
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Does a pitcher get credited with a loss after a no-hitter with an unearned run?

Let's say a pitcher is currently pitching a no-hitter: No runs, no hits, 9 innings pitch. However, his offense gets no runs and he gives up one unearned run by having a dropped ball in the outfield, ...
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Who holds the Modern Era record for most hits in a nine inning Major League Baseball game? [closed]

Only one man in Major League Baseball history has recorded seven hits in seven at-bats during a regulation nine-inning game. Who was this player? For what team did he play? Who was the losing team?...
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Can a baseball runner lead off of first in a direct line to the pitcher?

I believe that a base runner is allowed to make their own base line when running the bases. I don't believe that there is anything in the rules that prevents a base runner from running all the way ...
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Baseball - runner crosses home plate before third out is made [duplicate]

Runners at second and third with one out. Fly ball to right field that is caught for the second out. Runner on second doesn't tag up and the right fielder's throw to second base records the third out ...
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Why do baseball managers argue with umpires in situations where they know it won't help?

As I understand it, in baseball, some subset of the calls made by an umpire are open for review, at the request of one of the team's managers. In those cases, the managers are allowed to leave the ...
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What happens if a bird or some other animals takes the baseball?

Let's say a baseball gets hit to outfield. Before a player can get it, a bird swoops down an steals the ball and flies away. What do the rules say, what would happen? Also what happens if a similar ...
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Why is it “bad etiquette” for a batter to watch a home run ball?

I was watching a YouTube collection of some "heated" plays (where people got ejected or the benches emptied) and quite a lot of them involved a batter hitting a home run, and the fielding team ...
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The ending of a baseball game

Suppose the game is tied 0-0 in the bottom of 9th with bases loaded and no outs. If the batter hits the ball in play and the runner from 3rd reaches home plate before there is a force out at 3rd, ...
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White Sox vs Blue Jays call overturned, why was a run awarded?

This play led to an overturned call in a game between the Blue Jays and White Sox in April 2018. The bases were loaded, the ball was caught deep, and the umpire mistakenly calls a flyout. Runners ...
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How easy is it for a LF to play RF and vice versa?

Most outfielders have a designation where they play every game. It seems that in parks like Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros) and Fenway (home of the Boston Red Sox), left field would be ...
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Runner Misses Third Base

What is the correct call when a runner misses third base; touches the plate and then goes back to third and is called out trying to score?
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Does the out count after a malicious tag in baseball?

After a ground ball to the shortstop, the 1st baseman was pulled off bag toward home, but still had time to get back to bag. However, the first baseman instead tagged the runner with excessive force ...
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baseball autograph not sure who signed this ball? [closed]

the ball has bobby brown as american league president. was found in maine. bobby brown was american league president from 1984 to 1994. could it be a red sox player? tried to find on autographs ...
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Does run count if the 3rd out is due to a player not tagging up?

With 1 out, runner on the 3rd base properly tags up and crosses the home plate before the runner on 2nd base who does not tag up properly going to 3rd and is called out resulting in the 3rd out of the ...
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Is this Darryl Strawberry's autograph on this baseball? [closed]

I inherited this baseball and am unsure who signed it. Could it possibly be that of Darryl Strawberry?
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Who autographed this ball? [duplicate]

I inherited this baseball and do not know who signed it. Whose autograph could this be?
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Can someone identify this autograph? [closed]

Can someone please help me identify this autograph
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Can anybody identify these ‘90s to mid-2000’s White Sox players autographs? [closed]

Got these autographs sometime in the era from 1993-2005 from the White Soxfest. It could be minor leaguers for the Sox during that era if not some of their lesser known major leaguers.
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Who autographed this baseball found in an estate? [closed]

Was found in an estate, not sure who signed this?
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Baseball signatures [closed]

My grandmother passed away a while back and she left me and my younger siblings her belongings and I was given a baseball with a whole lot of signatures on it. But I have no clue who they are or even ...
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Scores of men's vs. women's teams

In some sports, two teams compete against each other for a set amount of time (e.g. soccer, basketball) or another fixed quantity (like baseball). In those sports, do men's teams score more points on ...
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Which of these sports requires a definite winner and loser?

From what I can see, the following sports require that there has to be a winner/loser (draws aren't possible due to some continuation rule that leads to a winning result): Basketball Baseball ...
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Can anyone help me identify these signatures? I think it's a Colorado Rockies ball [closed]

Can anyone help me identify these signatures? I came across this baseball a few weeks ago. I think it's a Colorado Rockies ball. I've identified Todd Helton in the center of ball B and Derrick Gibson ...
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Who autographed this bat from San Diego Padre? [closed]

The bat is from a San Diego Padre can any one tell me whose autograph this is?
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Who autographed this baseball [closed]

I don't know the name but it says HOF 92
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Does anybody know who's signature this is? [closed]

His daughter when to the middle school I use to go to and the autograph is from 2013 i believe he must have been around early 40 late 30 ish or at least he looked it. I found it while going through ...
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Can sidearm or submarine pitching be harmful to youth baseball players?

As a fairly new fan to baseball back in the late 1970's and early 1980's I enjoyed watching pitchers like Kent Tekulve and Dan Quisenberry pitch with their submarine deliveries. At the time, I ...
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What is “baseball’s magic twelve-letter word”?

What is "baseball’s magic twelve-letter word"? Columnist Thomas Boswell used this term in his comment "At World Series, a racist taunt fuels a stunning episode of civility" in the following sentence: ...
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What is the largest number of runs scored with one out remaining in an MLB game?

In major league baseball, what is the largest number of runs scored by a team with only one out remaining in the bottom of the last inning? I could find records only for the largest number of runs ...
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Is this bat with shiny substance consistent with pine tar legal?

According to the MLB Rules, 3.02(c): The bat handle, for not more than 18 inches from its end, may be covered or treated with any material or substance to improve the grip. Any such material or ...
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Identifying autograph on a pair of baseball cleats [closed]

These autographed baseball cleats are for sale at my local thrift store in Northern California (A's and Giants territory) for $45 and I'm trying to figure out who signed them. Cleats look to be no ...
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Approximately how much does a catcher's gear weigh?

About how much does all the gear that a (professional) baseball catcher wears weigh? I know some are made of light-weight material but I'd still like to know about how much it all weighs.
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Two runners on same base

October 17, 2017 Chicago Cubs v Los Angeles Dodgers, two Cubs runners occupied third base at the same time in the ninth inning. The Dodgers' third baseman tagged the second runner first, and then the ...
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Pitching mlb baseball

Pitcher "A" completes an inning. Pitcher "B" comes in to start the following inning. Question, when is pitcher "A" officially removed from the game, or when does the pitching change officially occur?