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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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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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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 ...
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Back to back game tying and game winning walk off home run

Justin Smoke and Kendrys Morals of Toronto Blue Jays hit back to back home runs in the 9th inning against the Oakland Athletics on July 26 2017. Smoke's HR tied the game, and on the next pitch Morals ...
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If two pitchers pitch to the same batter, who is credited with the result of the at-bat?

Let us assume a hypothetical situation in an MLB game. A pitcher gets to a 2-2 count against the batter. Then the pitcher leaves the game - perhaps he sustains an injury while delivering a pitch, or ...
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What happens when a baseball player is "DFA'ed" and then signs with another team?

I'm asking specifically about Pablo Sandoval, who signed a five year contract with Boston Red Sox, and is now owed $18 million each for 2018 and 2019, plus the balance of his 2017 salary. He was ...
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How many times has a starting pitcher stuck out all starting hitters?

How many times in the history of the MLB, a starting pitcher stuck out all 9 starting hitters of the opposing team at least once in a game?
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Who authenticates baseball paraphernalia?

There is always a person at major league baseball games who authenticates certain items. A player's 1st hit or home run ball, a home run caught by a fan, a pitcher's 2,000th strike out, things like ...
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How many bunt home runs has there been in the history of MLB?

I'd like to know how many times a bunt resulted in a home run. The home runs can be out of the park (highly unlikely to have happened) or inside the park home runs cause by one or more errors. In ...
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Lou Gehrig and Wally Pip

The story goes that Wally Pip, the Yankees 1st baseman, was sick one day and had to sit out a game. The backup, Lou Gehrig played that day and never sat again. I have 2 questions. What is the actual ...
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Which player has had the most consecutive appearances in MLB's All Star Game?

What player or players has the most consecutive appearances in the All Star game.
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Pitchers winning consecutive Cy Young awards

How many pitchers have won back-to-back Cy Young awards?
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Immaculate inning

Has any pitcher in the majors ever thrown two or more consecutive immaculate innings? Where an immaculate inning is 3 consecutive strike outs on 9 pitches.
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Wording in MLB slide rule

Forgive me if this question is rather obtuse, but it's been eating away at me, and I figured this was the place to go for help. The last paragraph of the rule concerning sliding to bases on double ...
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Intentionally being struck with batted ball to prevent a double play

Situation as follows: Runners on first and second, zero or one out. Ground Ball is hit to the shortstop. The runner on second intentionally slides into or kicks the ball, getting himself out, so that ...
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MLB Winning Pitcher Determination

During the 1960's could the Official Scorer in a MLB game decide who the winning pitcher was if he pitched 7 or 8 innings and left with the game with the score tied 1-1 if his team later scored the ...
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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 is the MLB record for most errors by one team in one season during the modern era?

What is the MLB record for most errors by one team in one season during the modern era?
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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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Why doesn't baseball severely punish pitchers who seemingly hit batters intentionally? [closed]

Time and time again, pitchers intentionally hit batters who show them up (or for whatever reason), yet they (the pitchers) hardly ever get seriously penalized. Further, when they are penalized, it's ...
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Has any two teams in the World Series ever get there without losing a game during the postseason?

Related: Has there been a time the 2 NBA or NHL teams in the playoffs final series got there without losing any games? MLB Postseason Format Timeline: Before 1969, the team with the best record from ...
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What are the rules for resuming/scoring a rain shortened game in baseball?

There are three possibilities that I can see. The first is if less than half of a baseball game (four and a half innings) is played, then the game is canceled and a completely new make up game is ...
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MLB closer with walk off hit

I'm wondering if any closers have had a game winning hit or home run? Since this requires the closer (pitcher) to be at bat, it implies that the game was hosted by an NL team.
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options in baseball

Why is there a limit of three years that a team can send players down to the minors without first having to put him on waivers, and having the player clear waivers? Why can't they send a player to the ...
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What is the most consecutive pitches thrown that increased the batters strike count?

What is the most consecutive pitches thrown that increased the batters strike count? That is, with no foul strikes after the 2nd Strike.{edit} actually without the batter hitting the ball at all - ...
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MLB - process of signing guy off of streets

This is a theoretical question, but I am curious of the process. Let's say the owner of a major league ball club is driving around somewhere and sees a baseball game happening on the streets where a ...
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