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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Why are second and third excluded from balk rule?

Looking up the balk rules in baseball, I came across this line: steps or feints from the rubber to first base without completing the throw Why only first base? Why are second and third excluded ...
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Why was this not a balk?

Watching the Astros/Mariners game last night, and I saw this: https://twitter.com/Immersionless/status/887490308648439809 There is a runner on second. I'm curious as to why this wasn't called as a ...
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Uncaught Third Strike question

When the rules say that a third strike must be "legally caught" by the catcher, does that include a situation where the catcher has a third strike glance off his glove, but he ends up catching the ...
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Offensive interference in baseball ("confusing" a fielder)

The Umpire Bible website presents an interference scenario that is brought up under the base runner "confusing" an infielder: You can think up lots of scenarios. For example, let's say there's one ...
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How many times has a starting pitcher stuck out all starting hitters?

How many times in the history of the MLB, a starting pitcher stuck out all 9 starting hitters of the opposing team at least once in a game?
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Anyone know what year this is from? Found under 100 year old building.

This schedule is on the side of a milk jug that is very old. If anyone knows a fast way to figure out what year this schedule took place just out of curiousity that would be cool.
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If a hit passes directly over the foul pole, is it a home run?

if a batted ball arcs OVER the foul pole when it crosses the fence, is it a home run? Assume the ball crosses directly over it while in flight, not hitting it, but going over.
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Who authenticates baseball paraphernalia?

There is always a person at major league baseball games who authenticates certain items. A player's 1st hit or home run ball, a home run caught by a fan, a pitcher's 2,000th strike out, things like ...
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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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Tag out of a forced runner to end the inning, does the run still score?

Bases loaded with 2 outs, ground ball hit towards 3B/SS hole fielded by 3B. The third-basemen elects to try and tag the runner advancing from 2nd to 3rd, but the runner sees the decision and stops ...
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Lou Gehrig and Wally Pip

The story goes that Wally Pip, the Yankees 1st baseman, was sick one day and had to sit out a game. The backup, Lou Gehrig played that day and never sat again. I have 2 questions. What is the actual ...
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Which player has had the most consecutive appearances in MLB's All Star Game?

What player or players has the most consecutive appearances in the All Star game.
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Third base runner gets hit by a foul ball, is he out?

The batter hit a foul ball that hit his own player? Is the runner out?
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Do they use a specific organ to play baseball tunes live in the stadium?

What is the organ that is used to play baseball tunes live in the stadium called? Is there a common brand or model that they prefer for that?
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Pitchers winning consecutive Cy Young awards

How many pitchers have won back-to-back Cy Young awards?
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Baseball - Where can i find the names of all pitchers in game? (not only starting pitchers) [closed]

Baseball - Where can i find the names of all pitchers in game? (not only starting pitchers) next games or games already played
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Immaculate inning

Has any pitcher in the majors ever thrown two or more consecutive immaculate innings? Where an immaculate inning is 3 consecutive strike outs on 9 pitches.
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Wording in MLB slide rule

Forgive me if this question is rather obtuse, but it's been eating away at me, and I figured this was the place to go for help. The last paragraph of the rule concerning sliding to bases on double ...
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Intentionally being struck with batted ball to prevent a double play

Situation as follows: Runners on first and second, zero or one out. Ground Ball is hit to the shortstop. The runner on second intentionally slides into or kicks the ball, getting himself out, so that ...
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In little league, can an umpire change their ruling based on advice from coaching staff?

In a little league championship game, there have been two outs, with a man on second. The batter hits a home run. The batter runs bases and gets home, but the outfield team notice that he didn't step ...
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Is there a more complete baseball Leverage table?

I am interested in doing some baseball analysis with Leverage. I found Tom Tango's Leverage table from The Book as well as Baseball-Reference's data pages (e.g., this pitching page). However I ...
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What is a "win in last at-bat"?

On a baseball broadcast tonight, the team statistic "wins in last at-bat" came up. What's the definition of this term? The announcer was careful to point out that such a win "doesn't have to be a ...
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How many MLB players have hit 4 or more Home Runs in a game?

On June 6th, 2017 Scooter Gennett hit 4 Home Runs to become the first Cincinnati Red ever to do so. Who are the other people who have hit at least 4 HRs in a single name? Please provide name and the ...
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Why are there no left handed catchers in baseball?

Why is it seemingly forbidden for a lefty to play catcher? Lefties would have an advantage fielding bunts and throwing to first, as they would already be oriented towards first when getting the ball. ...
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Why doesn't baseball severely punish pitchers who seemingly hit batters intentionally? [closed]

Time and time again, pitchers intentionally hit batters who show them up (or for whatever reason), yet they (the pitchers) hardly ever get seriously penalized. Further, when they are penalized, it's ...
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How can a baseball player's average per pitch be much lower than his overall average on Fangraph?

I'm trying to figure out fangraph.com's heat maps. For example, Mike Trout's Average per Pitch looks like this: (link)Heat Map (AVG/P) Apparently the best he hits against pitches in any given ...
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An earned run and loss despite the runner being out - how?

Why did Tanaka get the earned run and loss against the A's on 26 May 2017, when the runner he allowed in the eighth got thrown out at the plate and didn't score?
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A pitcher given the loss despite others allowing the winning runs - how?

Tanaka was charged with the loss on 26 May 2017 when he allowed 1 run in 7.1 innings, then the bullpen allowed another 3 runs. The Yankees scored 1 run in the bottom of the ninth. Shouldn't the ...
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How can I determine the dates on which separate baseball teams had the same result?

For my interest, I would like to know how many times the Rockies, Angels, and Yankees won on the same day in 2017. Can you tell me how to do this?
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Has any two teams in the World Series ever get there without losing a game during the postseason?

Related: Has there been a time the 2 NBA or NHL teams in the playoffs final series got there without losing any games? MLB Postseason Format Timeline: Before 1969, the team with the best record from ...
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What are the rules for resuming/scoring a rain shortened game in baseball?

There are three possibilities that I can see. The first is if less than half of a baseball game (four and a half innings) is played, then the game is canceled and a completely new make up game is ...
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Why not get the force out at third?

There are runners on first and second with one out. The batter hits a grounder to third, which is fielded by the pitcher. The pitcher throws to first and gets the out. The runners on first and second ...
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MLB closer with walk off hit

I'm wondering if any closers have had a game winning hit or home run? Since this requires the closer (pitcher) to be at bat, it implies that the game was hosted by an NL team.
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Is there something called an offensive error in baseball? If not, why not?

Pittsburgh Pirates just made a couple of egregious ones. Frank Cervelli doubled. John Jaso doubled, and Frank Cervelli stopped at third, instead of scoring. With one out, on the following play, Jordy ...
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Home run scored or out

A batter hits a home run, the ball leaves the field of play. The batter does not tag home plate in a celebration. The umpire gives the catcher a new ball. The batter goes back to touch home plate but ...
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Is this fair or foul?

If a ball is batted in foul territory and is fielded in foul territory but the ball bounces off the fielders glove and lands in fair territory, is it fair or Foul?
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Runners at first and third. Why not steal?

Let's say there are runners on first and third with no outs. If the runner on first attempts to steal I see two outcomes: The catcher does not throw to second. The runner advances. The catcher ...
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options in baseball

Why is there a limit of three years that a team can send players down to the minors without first having to put him on waivers, and having the player clear waivers? Why can't they send a player to the ...
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World Baseball Classic Citizenship rules

Why does the world baseball classic have such lax citizenship rules as compared to other international competitions, by allowing anyone who is eligible for citizenship in a country compete for that ...
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What is the most consecutive pitches thrown that increased the batters strike count?

What is the most consecutive pitches thrown that increased the batters strike count? That is, with no foul strikes after the 2nd Strike.{edit} actually without the batter hitting the ball at all - ...
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Why do pitchers walk other pitchers (in the National League) with some frequency?

In asking this question, I am not referring to exceptional cases like Yovani Gallardo, Madison Bumgarner, or Jake Arrieta, who hit about as well as position players. But I am referring to "most" ...
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Traded right before the All Star Game?

So let's say, for the sake of the question, that the player being traded is Clayton Kershaw. Situation: Kershaw is selected as the NL's starter in the All Star Game. Couple of days before the All ...
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Is the runner hit by the ball out or safe?

Here is the situation we experienced in Little League baseball: The bases are loaded and the batter hits the ball down the third base line. All the base runners advance and score. But as the batter ...
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Winning Pitcher

The starting pitcher completes 6 innings and is losing 3 to 1 when his team comes to bat in the top of the seventh. The team scores 5 runs to take the lead and a new pitcher pitches the bottom of the ...
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2 players steal at the same time on 2 outs

There are runners on 1st and 3rd, 2 outs, and while a pitch is in progress, the runner on 1st attempts to steal 2nd. The catcher throws to 2nd, and the runner is caught in a pickle, eventually tagged ...
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Baseball, when was the third strike rule put into effect when bunting?

Baseball, when was the third strike on bunting put into effect?
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MLB - process of signing guy off of streets

This is a theoretical question, but I am curious of the process. Let's say the owner of a major league ball club is driving around somewhere and sees a baseball game happening on the streets where a ...
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Has W.A.R. been used in this fashion?

Whether justifiably or not, in modern baseball conversations, W.A.R. (wins above replacement) has become the goto statistic to qualify who's the best in the game. My question is, can it be applied ...
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Opening Day Baseball Location

As far as I can recall, the Orioles have had opening day at home every year since they moved to Camden Yards in the early 90s. Even if it was not every year, it was definitely the lions share. This ...
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What did a "utility player" become after Moneyball?

Background: I heard a manager refer to an employee as a "utility player" in the pre-moneyball sense. That means that the employee "[has] a wide breadth of skills and can work across many org's ...

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