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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is this a Little League balk?

Baseball Rules Acadamy has a page for little league rules including 8.05 (g) 8.05 - With a runner or runners on base, it is an illegal pitch when (g) the pitcher makes any motion naturally associated ...
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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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Why is the stretch preferred over the wind-up?

I'm interested as to why you think the stretch is more advanced than the wind-up. It seems to me like the wind-up includes much of the stretch mechanics (roughly speaking) but with a lot of extra ...
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Intentionally being struck with batted ball to prevent a double play

Both the runner who interfered and his teammate (the batter) are out, and any other runners cannot advance. 6.01(a)(6): If, in the judgment of the umpire, a base runner willfully and ...
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Do MLB players wear new uniforms every game?

The answer is basically No, though there is no official statement of teams many articles I have read so far points out teams does not provide new jerseys to the players for every game. Uniforms are ...
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What is a hit called, that is not a home run, but still allows the batter to make it around the bases?

A home run is when a batted ball enables the batter to make it around the bases and touches home plate without the defense committing errors. Hitting the ball over the outfield fence is the easy way ...
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Sac fly and sac bunt

These are both covered by MLB Rule 9.08: The Official Scorer shall: (a) Score a sacrifice bunt when, before two are out, the batter advances one or more runners with a bunt and is put out at first ...
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What are the rules in baseball about how close a fielder can stand to the home plate?

This is covered in MLB rule 5.02: 5.02 (4.03) Fielding Positions When the ball is put in play at the start of, or during a game, all fielders other than the catcher shall be on fair ...
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What team has the shortest "longest losing streak" within a season in MLB history?

Going way, way, way, way back the record is held by the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869 with their undefeated season; exactly how many matches they won depends on which matches you want to count, but ...
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Dropped foul ball followed by hit?

Your question is a bit unclear.. Later in the at-bat, the batter gets a solid hit. Is this scored as the batter reaching on an error, or getting a hit? Well, when the batter gets a solid hit, does ...
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Ball headed foul but stopped before it gets there - is it still fair?

This is a fair ball, the ball never touches foul territory, so therefore it can't be a foul ball. MLB Rules State: A FOUL BALL is a batted ball that settles on foul territory ...
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If two pitchers pitch to the same batter, who is credited with the result of the at-bat?

You needed to look in rule 9.16(h). Rule 9 deals with the official scoring of MLB games. So based on the official rules at mlb.com: (h) A relief pitcher shall not be held accountable when the ...
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Why did baseball players start wearing gloves but cricket players not?

Regarding 1. Why didn't cricket players ever start wearing gloves? I focused on why baseball players began to wear gloves, because it is a much more answerable question, and can be used to ...
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Why do baseball managers argue with umpires in situations where they know it won't help?

A manager might argue to stick up for his team and motivate them, even if he knows the call was right or it won't be reversed. Here's an article highlighting some of the sillier things managers have ...
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Why are combined no hitters so rare?

The simple answer is that there are very few chances for such a feat. Pitchers are usually replaced when they're being ineffective, not when they're doing a good job. I'd say you'd generally need ...
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Why do some places have gravel baseball fields?

Gravel fields are for basically two reasons: The climate of the region would mean that the field would take a long time time to dry or would be wet most/all of the time. If you are putting a ...
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Would this baseball defense work?

Your recollection is wrong, at least under MLB rules. Quoting from the Official MLB rules, page 144: A FOUL BALL is a batted ball that [...] while on or over foul territory, touches the person of ...
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