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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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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What caused "everyone" to overlook Mike Trout in the draft?

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 ...
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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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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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What's the rarest event in professional baseball?

What is the rarest feat in professional baseball? Unassisted triple play? Pitching a perfect game? Pitching more than 9 innings, perfect game? Using a statistic or terminology that can be ...
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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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How rare is it for a team to face the minimum number of batters without a perfect game?

In the Cubs' victory over the Dodgers in game 6 of the 2016 NLCS the Dodgers sent only 27 batters to the plate (the minimum possible) yet were not the victims of a perfect game. How often has this ...
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Can a baseball player stop at a base after a home run?

Suppose a player needs a triple to complete the cycle. In the ninth inning, the player hits a solo home run. Suppose that the game is a blowout, has no postseason implications, and so on such that the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 can teams do when umpire has inconsistent strike zone?

I was watching a game between the Blue Jays and the Rangers and several times the ball was clearly in the strike zone, but balls were called and vice versa. The Blue Jays coach was furious and got ...
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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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Why do the Yankees and Mets usually have opposite home/away schedules?

I never realized this until both teams played home series on 9-10 June 2015 (and continuing on 11 June 2015, for the Mets), but apparently when the Yankees play at home the Mets play away, and vice-...
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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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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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How many bunt home runs has there been in the history of MLB?

I'd like to know how many times a bunt resulted in a home run. The home runs can be out of the park (highly unlikely to have happened) or inside the park home runs cause by one or more errors. In ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it illegal to field/pitch with a batting glove inside a regular glove?

I think I saw a recent world championship (or something like it) game where the pitcher was summoned to remove her "inner" glove (after a few pitches). Is there a rule?
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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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A batter overruns first base, but misses the bag. Is then tagged out. Does the runner on 3rd score?

Here's something that happened at a game recently and I can't find the answer to it: 2 outs, runner on 3rd. Batter hits a slow roller to third. The third baseman picks it up but makes a bad throw to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 each part of this scorecard represent in baseball?

I'm trying to figure out the rules and any online explanations of scorecards don't match up with the abbreviated TV graphics.
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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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