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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 ...
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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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Can a pitcher throw a strike during an intentional walk?

Intentional Walk I know that there have been times where a pitcher has thrown a ball over the plate enough for a hitter to get a hit, and even hit a home run in some cases. My question is more along ...
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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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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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Batting average greater than on-base percentage

While watching a New York Mets game early this season, before one plate appearance the broadcast graphics displayed that catcher John Buck had a batting average (AVG) of .400 and an on-base percentage ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Has there ever been a 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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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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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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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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How does the rise in popularity of fantasy sports affect league ticket sales?

I've seen some guesswork on the web around the economic impact fantasy sports has had on tv viewership and general product sales. However, I can't find any hard research on what the effect on ticket ...
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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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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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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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How many MLB players have hit 4 or more Home Runs in a game?

On June 6th, 2017, Scooter Gennett hit 4 home runs to become the first Cincinnati Red ever to do so. Who are the other people who have hit at least 4 HRs in a single game? Please provide name and the ...
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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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Why have some MLB managers stopped wearing uniforms?

I believe that for many years, MLB managers would always wear the same uniform as their players during games. However, I've been watching more games on TV this year, and it seems that many managers ...
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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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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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Why are there no left handed catchers in baseball?

Why is it seemingly forbidden for a lefty to play catcher? Lefties would have an advantage fielding bunts and throwing to first, as they would already be oriented towards first when getting the ball. ...
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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 team has the shortest "longest losing streak" within a season in MLB history?

Don't know if the wording of the title makes sense, but I want to know what team had the longest losing streak that was the shortest in MLB history (or at least the live ball era) A completely made ...
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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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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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Walkoff homer, decisive run scores but following runner leaves base path

This question is a hypothetical based on the last play of Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS. San Francisco batting in the bottom of the 9th, score tied 3-3, runners Arias at second and Belt at first, one out. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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