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Manager coaching third. Was that ever common?

I was watching an old baseball game on the MLB channel a few weeks ago. I think this game was played in 1952. The manager of one of the teams was also coaching 3rd base for his team. Would that have ...
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Could MLB use all minor league players if they can’t reach a deal with major league players?

If MLB and the players union can’t reach an agreement to start the season, could the owners use all minor league players instead?
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What single day lineup featured the highest total for career HR?

Watching the 1995 World Series between Cleveland and Atlanta. I noticed Cleveland featured some bombers. Here they are with their career HR: LF Albert Belle - 381 DH Eddie Murray - 504 3B Jim Thome ...
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Can stalling your delivery be cause for a balk?

Watching the 2016 AL Wild Card game between Toronto and Baltimore (that Edwin Encarnacion won with a walk-off), and I'm seeing what might be considered a balk, but I'm not sure why it's not. Roberto ...
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New York Yankees logo

There seems to be 2 logos for New York Yankees. The rightmost one seems to be the official one. How about the leftmost one?
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According to what, MLB teams advance from regular to playoff

There are 15 teams in each league in MLB regular season games, and 7 teams in each league in post season games. According to what, MLB teams advance from regular to playoff? The number of wins? what ...
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MLB The Show Players League [closed]

Some clip in a MLB The Show Players League video looks like some kind of video games. The guy pointed out by the red arrow seems to be manipulating a playstation controller. Is "MLB The Show Players ...
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What does “MLB 2020 season simulation” mean?

MLB was supposed to launch the 2020 regular season on March 26 and was postponed due to COVID-19. A post says MLB 2020 season simulation: Bryant, Wainwright suspended for scuffle; Bellinger gets ...
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How is the average batting average calculated?

Sorry if this is an easy question but I cannot find the answer anywhere. I'm wondering how the average of all batting averages in the MLB is calculated. Do you add up all the batting averages and ...
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Can a fielder pretend to field a ball to deceive the batter/runners?

In baseball, if a ball is hit, can a fielder such as the shortstop or third baseman pretend to have caught or fielded the ball to trick a runner into not running, or a batter into not advancing? ...
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Has there ever been a complete game in which the pitcher never threw 3 balls in one at-bat?

During his perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, Don Larsen went to 3 balls in a count against only one batter. (source) Has there ever been a complete game in MLB history in which the ...
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What caused “everyone” to overlook Mike Trout in the draft? [closed]

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 draft pick in ...
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Is it possible to use a PTBNL in the following situation?

The Chicago Cubs want to trade (away) third baseman Kris Bryant. One obstacle is Bryant's filing of a service time grievance. That calls into question the issue of of whether he has one or two years ...
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Why doesn't the MLB just allow teams to try to steal signs? [duplicate]

Using technology to steal signs is banned in baseball. Teams consider this type of sign stealing a way of gaining an unfair advantage (Joe Maddon compared it to using PEDs). As far as I can tell, ...
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What strategy did the 2002 Oakland Athletics use to determine what pitchers to look for?

During the 2002 season when Oakland was using the famous "Moneyball" strategy, they largely looked to on-base-percentage when measuring player value, but this only seems to address how to look for ...
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What would the World Series schedule be in this case?

If the Yankees played the Mets in the World Series, it would be the two teams with the shortest distance between ballparks. As it is now, and for every other case in memory, there is a travel day ...
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What is the fewest number of series lost by a baseball team in a season?

In baseball, a series is 2 or more consecutive games against the same team. For a 3-game series, a team loses that series if they lose 2 or all 3 of the games. For a 4-game series, a team loses that ...
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How does the the pitcher get the win?

In the game with Padres and Phillies, how does Lucchesi get the win while the game was tied at 2 to 2 when he left after 6 innings?
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MLB- biggest comeback to make playoffs

In theme with the Mets attempting to make the NL Wild Card spot during the 2019 MLB season, despite grossly underperforming before the All Star break, what has been the biggest turnaround for a team ...
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Why are combined no hitters so rare?

The other day, the Astros pitched only the 14th combined no hitter in MLB history by a starter and reliever(s). I believe that there were actually more than 14 complete game no hitters by only ...
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If a runner reaches second on an error and then scores the next play, does that count as an earned run against the pitcher?

Example: A batter hits a single to the outfield, it is bobbled, so the batter can now reach second. The next batter is up and scores the runner on second. Since that runner reached second on an error ...
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Tag up scoring rules?

Ok, so here is the scenario. There is one out with runners at first and third bases. The batter hits a fly ball to shallow right field. The runner at first base does not tag up and takes off for ...
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A forfeited game in baseball [closed]

Does a forfeited baseball game count as a game played. scenario is Season has not started and one of the teams dropped. The league counted all of the games as wins and scored them 1-0 for the opposing ...
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Pinch hitter for pitcher

In today’s Nats/Braves game (5/29/19), the Nat’s pitcher came up in the top of the first. Could the Nats have put in a pinch hitter for the pitcher and still used him in the bottom of the inning?
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Why does the MLB not have awards such as MVP and Cy Young for both AL and NL together?

The MLB has awards for each league, such as AL MVP and NL MVP, or AL Cy Young and NL Cy Young, but why is there no MLB MVP or MLB Cy Young, for the best out of both leagues (in a similar way to the ...
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Has an MLB player ever won an MVP award without going to that year's All-Star game?

Has it ever happened that a player in the MLB ever won the AL or NL MVP award but didn't get elected as an All-Star that year? If so then how often does it happen? If they didn't go to the game ...
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Does the MLB website contain win-loss stats? If so, how can I examine win-loss stats on the MLB website?

I am looking for win and loss stats on the MLB website. I've browsed to the MLB website > Stats > Team, but I did not find win-loss stats. What am I missing?
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MLB rules for blown save and win by same pitcher

In the Major League Baseball, does a relief pitcher who blows the save in the top of the 9th inning also get credit for the win when his team comes back in bottom of the 9th for the win?
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Which MLB team had the shortest “longest winning streak” in a pennant-winning season?

Which team won the pennant but never won more than X games in a row, with X being the lowest number? For example, the hypothetical team the Rainbow Sox won the pennant in 1717, but never won more ...
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If a DFA'd player has two offers and rejects the higher one, will his original team be responsible for the difference between them?

Shortstop Troy Tulowitski was recently "DFA"ed (Designated For Assignment) by the Toronto Blue Jays. He signed with the New York Yankees for the league minimum, $555,000 and the Blue Jays still have ...
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What is a “scoring position” in baseball?

I heard the other day the commentator said a player is in "scoring position" after running to the second base. What is a "scoring position" in baseball/MLB?
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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 is the cause for MLB regular season strikeouts to be more than hits?

For the first time in the history of the MLB, the 2018 season saw the total number of batter hits be less than strikeouts. See chart below: Hits have consistently been about 10,000+ higher than ...
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Who makes a decision to intentionally walk a batter?

Say there are men on second and third with one out. So the pitcher intentionally walks a batter to load the bases and set up a possible double play. Maybe the pitcher didn't want to pitch to a good ...
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Why do few teams use “hybrid” starters other than the Tampa Bay Rays?

The Tampa Bay Rays traded Chris Archer for pitcher Tyler Glasnow (and two other prospects). The Rays have then "started" Glasnow in four games, for 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, and 6.2 innings, respectively. He is ...
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Why have “less than 250 feet” in rule 5.05(a)(5) if rule 2.01 renders its chance of occurrence to zero?

While reading Rule 5.05, I came across the following in (a)(5): A fair ball passes over a fence or into the stands at a distance from home base of 250 feet or more. Such hit entitles the batter ...
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Base running after being awarded two bases

Runner is one first base. He starts stealing second base but decides to go back to first. The ball goes from catcher to second baseman. Second baseman tries to pick up the runner going back to first ...
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What is the meaning of the word true in the phrase 'The three true outcomes in baseball'

On TV and articles I've read the phrase - 'the true outcome of a baseball play' is used to refer to a play that has one of 3 possible endings. They are a walk, a strike out, or a home run. We can all ...
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Can a player have more than one walk-up song at a time?

In the MLB, walk-up songs are played each time a batter walks up to the plate, or when a reliever gets the call from the bullpen. The walk-up song itself is the same ~5-15 second portion of a song, ...
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Why do MLB games start at incremental times; e.g. 7:05, 6:10, etc?

Why don't they simply start at the top or bottom of the hour; e.g. 7:00, 6:00, etc?
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When were dugout railings added in MLB?

I was watching the movie "Major League" with my wife when she asked about the absence of the dugout railings. She assumed it was for the movie. I explained that they were added fairly recently (early ...
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How high does a baseball travel in a major league pop-up?

It seems that major league baseball players have to wait a relatively long time to field a pop-up. This led me to wonder how high the ball traveled. If one knew how high the ball traveled, one could ...
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Why had Jackie Robinson chosen number 42?

Any athlete, whether child, amateur, or professional, chooses a number and tends to wear it for sentimental reasons. Does anyone know why Jackie Robinson had chosen number 42?
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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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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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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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MLB Mound Visits: initiating a visit when MVR = 0

What will happen in the event that a manager or coaching staff member, (or player) attempts to approach the mound when there are no Mound Visits Remaining? Will the initiating visitor be ejected? ...
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MLB Mound Visits: do pitching changes count?

I have watched about 20 games this season so far, but haven't been able to glean whether changing a pitcher counts against the 6 allotted mound visits. Can anyone clarify this definitively?
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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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