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Did Carroll actually miss the catch?

On 5/13/2024 (I think) during the Reds Diamondbacks game, Corbin Carroll performed what looked to be an awesome sliding catch that the Reds apparently challenged and overturned. I was watching the ...
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Teams losing games despite scoring runs

How many times has an MLB team lost a game after scoring 10 or more runs?
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Question about Baseball and Runners Left On Base (LOB)

Runners at first and second. Two out. The next batter is out at first. Runners advanced during the play. Which bases were the LOB Runners considered to be left on? 1st and 2nd, or 2nd and 3rd?
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Can a base runner steal during an appeal play?

Can a player steal a base during an appeal play of another runner missing a bag?
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Why does the infield fly rule only apply if runners are on 1st and 2nd?

The other day something prompted me to review the infield fly rule, which says (emphasis mine): An infield fly is any fair fly ball (not including a line drive or a bunt) which can be caught by an ...
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Teams winning games despite issuing numerous walks

How many times has an MLB team won a game after issuing 12 or more walks?
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Three-batter minimum and rain delays

There seems to be a longstanding belief that, if a pitcher has warmed up and/or begun to pitch, but then there is a long rain delay, that he should be replaced after the delay instead of continuing to ...
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Why did the Diamondbacks cut Madison Bumgarner?

In case you didn't know, Madison Bumgarner was a starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. I heard that the team had cut ties with him after designating him for assignment. I did some research ...
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When did each MLB team officially beat all the other teams in the regular season?

I would assume, after 25+ years of inter-league play with 30 teams, pretty much every team has beaten every single other MLB team. To take a sample pairing, Cubs vs. Blue Jays, we have 16 games, which ...
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What is a "grand slam single"?

MLB calls this a "grand slam single." How is that possible?
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Would the hidden ball trick from the movie Little Big League be legal in the MLB today?

The classic baseball movie, Little Big League, has a hidden ball trick. Would a play like this be considered legal in the MLB? Or is this a balk or another rule ...
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Why is the Sport Equinox taking place more frequently?

Today, October 20th, 2022 is the 27th time in history that the "Big Four" leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) are all in action on the same day. I've read that there was a 16-year period (1985–2001)...
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Lowest career WAR for a 2-time+ all-star?

Of all MLB players who have made the all-star team at least twice, who has the lowest career WAR? Is there a way to answer this question with baseball-reference or mlb savant? Or do you have to write ...
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Why have there been more 100-win and 100-loss teams in MLB?

I read an article which noted that there have been 3 or 4 100-win and 100-loss teams in Major League Baseball every season since 2018, but not very often before then. Years with three or more 100-win ...
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If a player is optioned out 3 times and brought back 3 times how many options did he use up?

A player was optioned to the minors 3 times and brought back 3 times. How many options did he burn?
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What happens if a runner tries to score a double then goes back to his first scored base?

What happens in the following case: A batter hits the ball and it touches the ground. They run and touch first base. Thinking the ball is far enough, they begin advancing to second base. However they ...
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How are bad-acting umpires dealt with in baseball? And what happens to the games they umpired for?

I was surprised to learn that, according to Rule 8.02a, umpires basically have free rein to make calls. My question is: If an umpire consistently makes verifiably wrong calls, or is overly aggressive (...
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Elo-like metrics that replace ERA/BA/OBP that account for the strengths of the pitcher/batter?

In Chess, the standard metric is Elo, which weighs losses against "bad" players more heavily than losses against "good" players. Same for the opposite scenario (winning against bad ...
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How are broken bats dealt with in baseball (MLB in particular)

If the batter Bob hits a pitch, and his bat breaks on the hit, how is that dealt with? In particular, I'm concerned with 4 scenarios: the broken piece of the bat just flies off, apparently affecting ...
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Rules about/against runners interracting with the ball in baseball?

Say Bob is up to bat, Peter is pitching, and Ryan is a runner on 1st base (part of Bob's team). Scenario #1: If Bob the batter hits the ball into Ryan the runner, what happens? Is Ryan out, or do ...
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TEAM RISP scoring average

Is there an advanced statistic that measures a team scoring a run with 2 outs & RISP? Average or some metric.
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Why do MLB announcers consider the current stadium for ground rule doubles?

I believe, in earlier days of professional baseball, each stadium had their own set of ground rules. This is true today and can be seen in Tropicana Stadium, as there are specific guidelines for when ...
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What happens if a team's contributor to the All Star game is traded just before the game?

Even the weakest team in the league will have at least one contributor to the All Star game. But what if that player is traded between the time of nomination to the All Star team and the game itself? ...
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In baseball, how are players stopped from heckling/distracting each other, the batter in particular?

For example, for fielders distracting the batter, I'm thinking of Physical distractions, like waving their arms, or everyone breaking out into the thriller dance, etc.. Vocal distractions, like ...
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What is the record for most consecutive non-intentional pitches called balls?

What is the record for most consecutive balls (not intentional) thrown by a pitcher in the MLB?
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Why does the NHL not feature red and blue in their logo, as opposed to the other three major sports leagues in the US?

I was casually browsing the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL websites today, and realized that even though they are separate governing bodies the websites look quite similar, most notably the scores at the top, ...
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How would a position player warm up to be a "reliever?"

About ten years ago, there were a series of experiments (since gone nowhere), of allowing position players to pitch, say, one inning as a "reliever," particularly if the team were losing ...
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Are there any standard metrics in use that take into account the "variability" in a pitcher's ERA?

Early in his career (as a Pirate), current ace Charlie Morton once gave up ten runs in a single inning. That's a bad, 90.00 ERA for that one "frame." But you can only lose one game at a time....
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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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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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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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What advantage is there for a baseball player to be selected with a higher draft slot if he signs for "below slot" money?

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected catcher Henry Davis with the first pick of the 2021 draft. One consideration is that Davis is reportedly willing to sign for a below-slot amount of money, allowing 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 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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In the MLB, is someone known as being the ultimate journeyman?

I'm thinking there must be a player whose career consisted of a collection of single seasons, each with a different team. I know there are relief pitchers like this. I'd be more interested in ...
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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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Why did the 2002 MLB All-Star Game have to be a tie?

Earlier today I learned about the fiasco of the 2002 MLB All-Star Game ending in a tie because both teams had run out of pitchers. My understanding from reading a few different articles is that the ...
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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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Why do MLB AL teams play against NL during season

NY Yankees play against NY Mets during the season but only since 1997 : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mets%E2%80%93Yankees_rivalry#1997%E2%80%931999:_Interleague_regular_season_play_begins I was ...
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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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First overall draft picks getting traded for one another

The Detroit Lions traded away their quarterback Mathew Stafford, in exchange for LA Ram's quarterback Jared Goff, 2 first round picks and a third round pick on January 30th 2021. The most interesting ...
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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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Where in MLB rules does it say batting gloves are legal?

If they are legal for batters, then can a pitcher wear a glove on his pitching hand? If the reason for allowing batting gloves is to 'increase the quality of the grip on the bat' then it makes sense ...
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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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Based on the pandemic-shortened playoff format for the MLB, what are the odds that a losing team would make the playoffs?

Because of the pandemic, MLB (major league baseball) adopted a new format where instead of the regular 10 teams (6 division leaders and 4 wild cards) make the playoffs, 16 teams made the playoffs. (6 ...
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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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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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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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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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Does "full count" in MLB mean to "three balls and two strikes"

At about 7'11″ into the video linked below, the announcer says "full count now three balls and two" Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees - August 2, 2020 - Regular Season 2020 - MLB - Full ...
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