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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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How does the runner placed at second base in extra innings affect Earned Run Average?

Normally the pitcher who allows a runner to reach base is charged with the run if the runner eventually reaches home, even if the pitcher is replaced before the runner scores. If the run is an earned ...
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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?

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 ...
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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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