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Questions tagged [mlb]

Questions related to Major League Baseball (MLB).

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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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Have there been cases where the PTBNL depended on the centerpiece's performance?

Recently, the Tampa Bay Rays traded Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates for rookies Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows, and a player to be named later (PTBNL). That PTBNL turned out to be Shane Baz, ...
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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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Determining the winning pitcher in the MLB

The explanation given in a 6 year old post is very good. But, does anyone know how this rule was devised in this manner; ie. winning pitcher is last to pitch before the 1/2 inning that the team goes ...
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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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Does run count if the 3rd out is due to a player not tagging up?

With 1 out, runner on the 3rd base properly tags up and crosses the home plate before the runner on 2nd base who does not tag up properly going to 3rd and is called out resulting in the 3rd out of the ...
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Can anybody identify these ‘90s to mid-2000’s White Sox players autographs? [closed]

Got these autographs sometime in the era from 1993-2005 from the White Soxfest. It could be minor leaguers for the Sox during that era if not some of their lesser known major leaguers.
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Who autographed this baseball found in an estate? [closed]

Was found in an estate, not sure who signed this?
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Can anyone help me identify these signatures? I think it's a Colorado Rockies ball [closed]

Can anyone help me identify these signatures? I came across this baseball a few weeks ago. I think it's a Colorado Rockies ball. I've identified Todd Helton in the center of ball B and Derrick Gibson ...
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Is is possible to use a PTBNL to cover certain contingencies?

Then one I'm thinking of is Giancarlo Stanton, who will have the ability to "opt out"from (or "opt in") to his contract after 2020. Would it be possible (within the rules) for Miami to trade Stanton ...
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Would it make sense for some teams to “extend” the terms of qualifying offers?

A "qualifying offer" is the market's way of determining which free agents should carry draft pick compensation. The amount for this year is $17.4 million, I believe. If a team extends this to a free ...
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What is “baseball’s magic twelve-letter word”?

What is "baseball’s magic twelve-letter word"? Columnist Thomas Boswell used this term in his comment "At World Series, a racist taunt fuels a stunning episode of civility" in the following sentence: ...
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What is the largest number of runs scored with one out remaining in an MLB game?

In major league baseball, what is the largest number of runs scored by a team with only one out remaining in the bottom of the last inning? I could find records only for the largest number of runs ...
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Does the 2-2-1-1-1 format get used in 7-game series anymore?

I can't remember the last time I saw a playoff series in the NBA, NHL or MLB use the 2-2-1-1-1 format (as opposed to the 2-3-2). I understand the motivation. Usually the travel distances are so great,...
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Approximately how much does a catcher's gear weigh?

About how much does all the gear that a (professional) baseball catcher wears weigh? I know some are made of light-weight material but I'd still like to know about how much it all weighs.
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Pitching mlb baseball

Pitcher "A" completes an inning. Pitcher "B" comes in to start the following inning. Question, when is pitcher "A" officially removed from the game, or when does the pitching change officially occur?
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Number of baseballs used in a major league baseball game?

The title says it all. What is the average number of baseballs used in a 9 inning game?
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MLB tiebreaker: 1977

What were the tie-breaker procedures back in the 1970's in case 3 American League teams were tied for their division lead at season's end?
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Can Bautista re-sign with the Blue Jays outside the terms of mutual option?

It is generally accepted that Jose Bautista played his last home game for the Toronto Blue Jays this past weekend (2017-09-24) since the Jays are not expected to pick up their end of the mutual option ...
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Whose autograph is this on a 2014 Giants baseball? [closed]

I obtained this baseball from an acquaintance in September 2017; they obtained it in 2014. I know it's an MLB player, and might be a San Francisco Giants player. Does anyone know whose autograph this ...
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How rare is an inside-the-park grand slam home run?

Michael A. Taylor hit an inside-the-park Grand Slam on Friday, September 8, 2017. How rare is this event compared to other rare events in baseball?
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Why is Gio Gonzalez's WAR is 0.01 ahead of Max Scherzer in ESPN's current WAR rankings?

As of the time of this post, Gio Gonzalez's WAR is 0.01 ahead of Max Scherzer. It's a pretty small difference, but when I look at the more traditional stats, it's really hard to see why they should ...
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Sign stealing in baseball

I don't understand the current sign stealing issue between the Red Sox and the Yankees. I don't understand how sign stealing in baseball actually works. Just seeing a catcher's sign is not enough. ...
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Pitcher awarded the winning record [duplicate]

In an MLB game, Astros' pitcher left the game in top of 5th while the Astros were winning 7-6. They since used a new pitcher in every inning. At the end the Astros won the game 8-6. Which pitcher gets ...
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MLB teams shutout in series

How many times an MLB team has been shutout in every game of a minimum 3 games series, including the playoffs? Please provide the season and the teams in play.
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How many times an MLB team has won a game with no hits?

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates tied 0-0 at the end of the 9th inning on August 23rd 2017. With one out and a runner on the second base, the pirates had a chance to win the game with no ...
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How many pitches does a reliever usually need to warm up?

A one-inning "reliever" in Major League Baseball will typically throw between 5 and 20 pitches in a game. How many warm up pitches does he need before he can do this? Said reliever is allowed up to ...
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What's the longest streak of games with homeruns for a batter?

On August 15 2017 Giancarlo Stanton hit a homerun for a 6th straight games. This has made me to know the followings What is the longest number of consecutive games for a player with homeruns? What is ...
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What are the rules governing “options” in MLB?

What are the rules in baseball regarding the frequency and number of times a player can be optioned back and forth from the parent major league team and the minor leagues?
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What criteria does each batter in baseball's batting order have?

I've heard analyst say that a player has been under performing as a batter in the heart of the order many times, or that a bottom of the line up batter has been doing well for its position as of ...
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Do MLB players wear new uniforms every game?

Do MLB players wear new uniforms every game? Or only when pants or top becomes too dirty or torn. The uniforms always look spotless so I assumed they were new.
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Shortest time between grand slam walk offs

Steve Pearce of Toronto Blue Jays hit game winning grand slam walk offs on July 27th and 30th 2017 against Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels respectively. With a 3 days span between Pearce's ...
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Was Brett Gardner first MLB player to hit consecutive walk-off home run and lead off home run?

Brett Gardner hit a walk off home run against Tampa and the next game lead of with a home run. Was this ever done before by any other player?
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What are the odds of seeing a grand slam in baseball

What are the odds of seeing at least one grand slam for any MLB baseball game? That is if I go to a baseball game what is the percentage chance (expected value) I'll witness a grand slam?
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Home runs on back to back pitches

Related to this question, I'm wondering how many times in MLB history a team has hit home runs on consecutive pitches. That is 2, 3, or 4 home runs in as many pitches. Please provide the team, date ...