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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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Can someone tell me whose signatures these are? Help [on hold]

Rawling Major league baseball(https://i.stack.imgur.com/BRxhH.jpg)
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Anyone know who signed this baseball? [on hold]

Found this baseball while cleaning out my parents garage. The baseball is a Cal Ripken SR. Collegiate League Baseball.
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Is it still a force-out if baserunner made it?

Say there is a runner on first base. The batter hits it to the outfield and the baserunner advances to second base but over-runs the bag by making an aggressive turn. On the throw back, he gets tagged ...
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Is there a name for the combined stats of Balls, Strikes, and Outs, as seen on many displays in baseball?

Baseball fields often have a display of the number of balls, strikes, and outs. Does this group have a name? As far as I can cell, "Count" refers to just balls and strikes and are for individual ...
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Any idea who this signature is? [closed]

Any idea who this signature is from? Most likely early 2000s Red Sox ](https://i.stack.imgur.com/KKas6.jpg)
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Bases loaded scoring question [duplicate]

Bases loaded two outs. Ball is hit to shortstop, who boots the ball and then runs down the runner going to third and tags her out. Runner from third crossed the plate before the tag was made. Does the ...
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what determines a stolen base against the catcher?

what determines if a successful stolen base is against the catcher or pitcher? for instance, a ball thrown in the dirt after the runner breaks for the next base. This surely can not be held against ...
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Force out rules

Playing a little league game we had a runner on first and the batter hit a ground ball. Runner on first went to second and stopped, batter made it to first and then turned trying to go to second, but ...
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Forced Out at Third Base

There’s a runner on first. The batter hits a ball to left field. Runner on first advances to second, hitter decides to round first and advance to second as well forcing runner on second to now advance ...
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Which runner is out? [duplicate]

There is 1 out. There is a runner on first, and the ball is hit to the second baseman. The second baseman gets the ball and runs towards first. The runner on first stays on 1st base and the batter ...
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Fair or Foul Ruling?

A pop fly is hit along the first base foul line between home plate and first base. It lands in fair territory, but with the spin, it bounces three feet into foul territory. Before the ball is allowed ...
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Baseball Autographs

Is the any place that you can scan an autograph to a data base to find out what player you have. I have been left multiple signed baseballs but have no idea who they are.
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What is the call when a runner misses 2nd base on a 1st to 3rd and a dead ball call?

runner on 1st. ball is hit to outfield. runner advances to 3rd missing 2nd base. the throw coming in to 3rd base goes into dugout. What is the proper call?
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Can the pitcher run to first base

can the pitcher run to first base with the ball and get an out?
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Any penalty for playing dirty in baseball?

Manny Machado of the Dodgers has been noticed as making a number of dirty plays, stepping on infielders' feet or trying to kick them as he slides. For example, in the NLCS he was on first when the ...
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No penalty for hitting catcher in the head with a bat?

In game 4 of the World Series last night I noticed that in the 4th inning, one of the Dodger batters, the second one I think, hit the catcher in the head with his bat. Is there no penalty for this?
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When do team managers submit the batter lineup to the umpire?

Background I am interested in looking at the matchups between the pitcher and the batter lineup he has to face. However, there are several times I have looked at the batting lineup for a game ...
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MLB record for consecutive years with an identical batting average (single player)

Khris Davis has had the same batting average for four consecutive years. Have other batters with 100 or more plate appearances in each year done this?
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What is a “scoring position” in baseball?

I heard the other day the commentator said a player is in "scoring position" after running to the second base. What is a "scoring position" in baseball/MLB?
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MLB rule on subs for injuries after you used the entire roster

Major league rules. What happens if team used the entire roster and now a player gets hurt ???
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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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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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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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Does a batter lose RBI credit for a runner's missed base?"

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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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.