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What does this description of a baseball game mean?

The date of the game is set, and with Atlanta's win, their presence is assured. What is not yet known is their opponent or the location. It's just trying to show the different possibilities. As a ...
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Does a run score if the batter is tagged for the 3rd out before he reaches first?

The run does not count. According to MLB rules: 4.09 HOW A TEAM SCORES. (a) One run shall be scored each time a runner legally advances to and touches first, second, third and home base before three ...
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What is a balk?

Balk From MLB.com A balk occurs when a pitcher makes an illegal motion on the mound that the umpire deems to be deceitful to the runner(s). Exactly what constitutes a balk is summed up in section 8 ...
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Why do pitchers sometimes pitch "out of the stretch?"

There are two ways to deliver a pitch from the mound: The windup The stretch Most pitchers will pitch out of the windup when there are no runners on base. It usually helps with the pitchers rhythm. ...
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Is this a legal way to tag-up and run faster?

According to UmpiresMedia.com, getting a “head start” is considered illegal in professional baseball. Actually, it is listed in the rules you linked Rule 5.09(c)(1) Comment (Rule 7.10(a) Comment): ...
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Walkoff homer, decisive run scores but following runner leaves base path

This has happened before, most notably the Grand Slam Single of the 1999 NLCS. The Braves and Mets were tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets loaded the bases, and Robin Ventura crushed a ...
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New York Yankees logo

Both are. The left logo is the official team logo since 1968. The right one with the letters NY is the more famous one, because it's way older and they still use it on the caps and jerseys. This ...
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Has there ever been a situation where the outfielder has intentionally dropped a foul ball to prevent a run from scoring from third?

Video - Matt Holiday did this in an extra inning game against the Brewers in 2014 with the game tied 3-3 and a runner on 3rd.
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Has a pitcher ever struck out nine consecutive batters in MLB?

Five pitchers have done it. This ESPN article from April 14, 2012 lists the following three occurrences: 10 -- Tom Seaver, N.Y. Mets vs. San Diego, April 22, 1970 9 -- Ricky Nolasco, Florida at ...
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Is a base runner automatically out if they stop advancing when forced to their next base?

The man on 2nd is only out if: The 3rd baseman tags third, which would make him out by force-out or The 3rd baseman tags the player. If the man on 2nd decides to not run to third, then he would ...
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Pitchers with postseason home run

The Baseball-Reference.com Batting Game Finder has data going back to 1903. To get the list of pitchers who have hit home runs in the postseason, make the following setting changes on that page: ...
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Do runners on base get a run if the batter hits a home run?

I think you're confusing "run" and "home run". In high-level terms: A run is scored when a player starts off as a batter then makes it all the way back round to home plate without being put out, no ...
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What's the rarest event in professional baseball?

This isn't perfectly answerable, because it's easy to come up with specific things that only occur once if you get complicated enough. However, if you limit it to things that would merit a sports ...
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What does each part of this scorecard represent in baseball?

I've captioned each part of the scoreboard for you, below.
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Why was Kansas City denied home field advantage in the 1985 ALCS?

This was actually a fairly tough on to dig up. As you mention in your question, the East and West swapped back and forth, and until 1985 the AL and NL were in sync. However something happened in 1985. ...
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What happens if only one runner reaches base on a double steal?

If a runner scores before the third out is made on a play such as you describe, the run counts. The runner on first stealing second is not considered a force play, therefore, the run counts. Rule 5....
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Why does there exist a pause on seventh inning?

According to Wikipedia, the 7th Inning Stretch is something that is widely disputed, and no real record exists of exactly when it started. There are several accounts of what could have started it, ...
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Runners at first and third. Why not steal?

Thrown baseballs move a lot faster than people. The ball will get to second and then back to home again before the runner from third can make it home, particularly as the runner on third has to delay ...
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Why not get the force out at third?

There are a couple reasons, but the primary one is thinking about the location of the runners by the time the ball is picked up. There are a few things you're correct about: There is a force out at ...
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How could pitchers once pitch both games of a doubleheader?

This is basically one of the million dollar questions in sports today: Why are pitchers getting hurt more now than ever before? Nobody knows the answer, but here are a couple theories: ...
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Why are baseball parks allowed to be be so different?

A couple of articles on Forbes (actually a Quora answer) and NPR provide the answer to this question. Basically, baseball started out as a game without any outfield fences (and no such thing as an "...
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Can a baseball player stop at a base after a home run?

At the very least there is this comment on rule 3.01(e) of the official MLB rules that seems to indicate that the runner must cross home plate after hitting a home run, before play can resume. Rule ...
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How do pro baseball (or cricket) players decide who should catch a fly ball?

I cannot speak to cricket, but in baseball there is a system of who has precedence in a fly ball situation: Outfielders have precedence over infielders Infielders have precedence over the catcher and ...
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Cricket bowling versus baseball pitching speed?

The essential difference is that bowlers must by law keep their elbows straight. This means that a run-up is used to generate pace, rather than the stepping motion pitchers use, and pitchers can use ...
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How do you send a veteran to a minor team without "optioning" him?

Veterans playing minor league games is a standard part of the disabled list procedure. While a player is on the disabled list, he is eligible to play minor league games for up to 20 days (30 days ...
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Why is a baseball runner "out" when you hit him with the throw to first?

For the last-half of the distance to first base, a runner should not step inside the foul line, for if a fielder makes a throw parallel down the line to first, it is construed that the runner is ...
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Why have some MLB managers stopped wearing uniforms?

Major league players, managers and coaches are required to abide by strict uniform guidelines. They are required to be in uniform, but can also wear other team apparel on top to stay warm. However, ...
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Are pitches that are put into play counted as strikes or balls?

All balls in play are counted as strikes. This is a basic principle of pitching. If the batter swings at the pitch, it's a strike. This gives us 2 categories of pitches that are counted as strikes: ...
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