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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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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Why was Sisco's 9th inning bunt vs the Minnesota Twins a bad play?

After a game on the 1st April 2018, the Minnesota Twins are making a big deal of the fact that Baltimore Orioles catcher bunted in the 9th inning to get on base when his team was down 7-0. I'm having ...
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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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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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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 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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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?
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Number of baseballs used in a major league baseball game?

The title says it all. What is the average number of baseballs used in a 9 inning game?
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Has any baseball match been stopped because the opposing team has no chance of ending an innings

Is there any concept of 'declaring' an inning in Baseball? The opposing team can't get the batters out and some time limit is reached- the field has to be closed or the batters are physically ...
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Can Bautista re-sign with the Blue Jays outside the terms of mutual option?

It is generally accepted that Jose Bautista played his last home game for the Toronto Blue Jays this past weekend (2017-09-24) since the Jays are not expected to pick up their end of the mutual option ...
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talking to the umpire after being ejected

Why does the umpire and manager/player keep on argueing after the ejection? Why does the umpire let the manager/player keep on talking to him and remain on the field after being ejected?
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How rare is an inside-the-park grand slam home run?

Michael A. Taylor hit an inside-the-park Grand Slam on Friday, September 8, 2017. How rare is this event compared to other rare events in baseball?
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Sign stealing in baseball

I don't understand the current sign stealing issue between the Red Sox and the Yankees. I don't understand how sign stealing in baseball actually works. Just seeing a catcher's sign is not enough. ...
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Pitcher awarded the winning record [duplicate]

In an MLB game, Astros' pitcher left the game in top of 5th while the Astros were winning 7-6. They since used a new pitcher in every inning. At the end the Astros won the game 8-6. Which pitcher gets ...
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MLB teams shutout in series

How many times an MLB team has been shutout in every game of a minimum 3 games series, including the playoffs? Please provide the season and the teams in play.
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Baseball - WHIP

If WHIP is a measure of a pitchers Hits and Walks per 9 innings, shouldn't a 'hit batter' be part of the equation? Isn't a 'hit batter' the same as a walk?
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Runner at first goes, but nobody else

Yesterday at our training we got to a situation that got discussed. Bases where loaded (lets say Adam was at 1st, Bert on 2nd and Ceasar on 3rd). On a ball Adam starts to run, while Bert and Ceasar ...
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How many times an MLB team has won a game with no hits?

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates tied 0-0 at the end of the 9th inning on August 23rd 2017. With one out and a runner on the second base, the pirates had a chance to win the game with no ...
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How many pitches does a reliever usually need to warm up?

A one-inning "reliever" in Major League Baseball will typically throw between 5 and 20 pitches in a game. How many warm up pitches does he need before he can do this? Said reliever is allowed up to ...
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If a batted ball strikes a runner on the offensive team and is caught before hitting the ground by the defense, is this an out?

If a batted ball strikes a runner on the offensive team (assume that the ball already went by an infielder, nullifying any interference) and is caught before hitting the ground by the defense, is this ...
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What's the longest streak of games with homeruns for a batter?

On August 15 2017 Giancarlo Stanton hit a homerun for a 6th straight games. This has made me to know the followings What is the longest number of consecutive games for a player with homeruns? What is ...
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Why did baseball players start wearing gloves but cricket players not?

From this article The Last American Baseball-Glove Maker Refuses to Die In the early days of baseball, it was considered unmanly to use a glove. Broken bones were common. The first mass-produced ...
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What are the rules governing "options" in MLB?

What are the rules in baseball regarding the frequency and number of times a player can be optioned back and forth from the parent major league team and the minor leagues?
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What criteria does each batter in baseball's batting order have?

I've heard analyst say that a player has been under performing as a batter in the heart of the order many times, or that a bottom of the line up batter has been doing well for its position as of ...
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Hitter reaching first although he is already out

Something that I noticed happening in almost every game is the following: The hitter grounds out and the defense has an easy out on first. The defense takes the out on the first base and the hitter,...
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Why the pitcher (in baseball) doesn't wear a helmet?

I am quite surprised, why the pitcher in baseball doesn't wear a helmet? To express better, here are many heavy examples : 1st 2nd Doesnt such incident happen often? Wont the helmet protect him? (...
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Do MLB players wear new uniforms every game?

Do MLB players wear new uniforms every game? Or only when pants or top becomes too dirty or torn. The uniforms always look spotless so I assumed they were new.
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Is runner out if he goes out of play?

A situation from a youth league game: A runner was on 2nd, and the ball was hit to the outfield. Runner touched third and ran home. There was no throw home, but the runner didn't touch the plate. His ...
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Shortest time between grand slam walk offs

Steve Pearce of Toronto Blue Jays hit game winning grand slam walk offs on July 27th and 30th 2017 against Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels respectively. With a 3 days span between Pearce's ...
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What are the odds of seeing a grand slam in baseball

What are the odds of seeing at least one grand slam for any MLB baseball game? That is if I go to a baseball game what is the percentage chance (expected value) I'll witness a grand slam?
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Home runs on back to back pitches

Related to this question, I'm wondering how many times in MLB history a team has hit home runs on consecutive pitches. That is 2, 3, or 4 home runs in as many pitches. Please provide the team, date ...
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Back to back game tying and game winning walk off home run

Justin Smoke and Kendrys Morals of Toronto Blue Jays hit back to back home runs in the 9th inning against the Oakland Athletics on July 26 2017. Smoke's HR tied the game, and on the next pitch Morals ...
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Ways to chalk a grass baseball field?

We are having a baseball game with ~20 friends and are using a school's baseball field. Anyone is allowed to use the field. However, it is all grass and doesn't have any chalk lines. Is there anyway ...
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If two pitchers pitch to the same batter, who is credited with the result of the at-bat?

Let us assume a hypothetical situation in an MLB game. A pitcher gets to a 2-2 count against the batter. Then the pitcher leaves the game - perhaps he sustains an injury while delivering a pitch, or ...
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What happens when a baseball player is "DFA'ed" and then signs with another team?

I'm asking specifically about Pablo Sandoval, who signed a five year contract with Boston Red Sox, and is now owed $18 million each for 2018 and 2019, plus the balance of his 2017 salary. He was ...
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Question about batter's position in batter's box prior to pitch

Since I've read two different interpretations of this, I'm going to ask a question about the batter's box and the batter's orientation in it prior to the pitch, even if I'm pretty sure I know the ...
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