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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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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How are wOBA constants chosen?

Fangraphs has a list of wOBA constants. They seem pretty arbitrary to me, though. How were those created?
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Without Derek Jeter's flip play against Oakland in 2001, would Giambi really have been safe?

Derek Jeter's flip play against Oakland in Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS is considered one of the greatest plays in baseball history. The underlying notion is that if Jeter had not intercepted the ball and ...
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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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Can a batter, after a foul tip on strike two, run for first base since it is a live ball?

Can a batter, after a foul tip on strike two, run for first base since it is a live ball? What happens if he stays at homeplate?.
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Has there been an athlete to win a College Championship in two or more different sports?

After asking one involving college sports, I want to know if there has been an athlete who was known for excelling in different sports ever won a championship in separate sports?
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Why was spitball allowed to some players?

Wikipedia has this to say on the history of banning spitball: The spitball was banned in two stages. In the winter of 1919–1920, managers voted to partially ban the spitball, allowing each team to ...
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Why does there exist a pause on seventh inning?

I read in the baseball matches (formed of nine innings) that there exists a pause for spectators at seventh inning. Why on this number of innings and not after fourth and before fifth? Potentially in ...
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Why don't baseball players get involved with the spectators when something good happens? [closed]

When soccer players celebrate a goal, many times they celebrate "with" the public. Why do baseball players pretty much ignore the public when celebrating? Or even don't show much emotion when a good ...
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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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Ball headed foul but stopped before it gets there - is it still fair?

Scenario: a ground ball is hit towards third base and bounces left towards foul territory. Suppose the third baseman grabs the ball while he is standing in fair territory before the ball gets to 3rd ...
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Does it count as an at bat with RISP if a runner steals second?

This question is about the specific definition of the baseball statistic AVG w/ RISP. Suppose there is a runner on first with no outs. When the count is 2-2, the runner successfully steals second base ...
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Does baseball have an equivalent of "six and out"?

In backyard cricket, an informal version of normal cricket, you can get "six and out", which means that you score six runs but you're out, if you hit the ball outside of the playing area. Do any ...
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Interpretation for sequence of slugging percentages

This is really more of a mathematical question with a baseball application, but it seems more appropriate to ask it here. Because slugging percentage is defined as total bases divided by at bats, it ...
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Is this a runner put out or a baseman interfering?

Situation: there is a runner on first base. The first-baseman is standing on the line to second base, about four feet from first base. The ball is hit toward first base and fair. As soon as the ball ...
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What makes Stealing Signs wrong?

Edit: I originally asked this question in 2016. This was before the scandals of the Astros and Red Sox came to light, where the teams allegedly used devices such as cameras, smartwatches, and trash ...
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Why do MLB players always look into the field after striking out?

I have watched quite a bit of baseball, and have always wondered why almost every player immediately looks into the field after striking out. Are they: making sure the pitcher isn't staring them ...
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Has there ever been a "strike-em-out-throw-2-out" triple play?

Has there ever been a "strike-em-out-throw-2-out" triple play? (I started wondering that after watching this YouTube video MLB | Strike 'em Out, Throw 'em Out.
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Zero-pitch save

It occasionally happens that a pitcher will earn a save by throwing one pitch. For example, he is brought in with two outs in the ninth and a two-run lead, and his first pitch is popped up. In ...
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Appeal play after a pitching change

Is it possible to appeal a tag-up play at a base after a pitching change? If so, how does it affect the pitchers' statistics? For a concrete example, suppose P1 is pitching, runner R3 at third, one ...
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MLB: Home Run + Stolen Base in back to back games

On September 6, 2016 Jose Reyes hit a home run and stole a base in the same game. The next day (September 7, 2016) he repeated the feat. How many times has this been accomplished in the past, by ...
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Earned v. Unearned Run Following an Error (Dropped Foul Ball)

Suppose that Paul the pitcher begins an inning by striking out Adam, and then he walks Billy. The next batter is Charlie, who hits a foul ball that the first baseman drops. Subsequently, he is charged ...
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Blown save when starter is ineligible for a win

I'm parsing some baseball data, so I need to be able to appropriately award saves, blown saves, holds, etc. In doing so, I came across some examples that I'm unsure how to handle. Example 1: Suppose ...
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Why keep the left arm straight in golf but not in baseball batting?

A common advice in golf is to keep your left arm straight. (The terminology used here is for right hand players.) For some players it is possible to compromise slightly with this advice and still hit ...
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What happens if the fielders or the batter take too long to get to the field at the start of a new inning?

I went to an MLB baseball game today and saw that after a team got 3 outs, everybody went to their dugouts and a countdown timer started at 2 minutes, 5 seconds (why not just a round two minutes, I ...
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Do runners on base get a run if the batter hits a home run?

Do the runners on the base get a free run when the batter hits a home run? I have seen a game where there was a runner on first and the batter hit a home run, but instead of getting one home run, ...

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