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From the 2019 MLB rulebook a BALL is: ...a pitch which does not enter the strike zone in flight and is not struck at by the batter. If the pitch touches the ground and bounces through the strike zone it is a "ball." In the linked pitch, neither of these are true (by my estimation). Whether the catcher catches the ball directly has no bearing on ...


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On base percentage (OBP) includes all methods of getting on base, but does not exclude home runs. All methods of reaching base safely are included except for errors, reached on a fielder's choice, or dropped third strike. The only major hitting stat that excludes home runs is Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP), which also would not include walks or ...


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I would guess you're referring to On Base Percentage (https://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/On_base_percentage).


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No. The ninth hitter is usually the worst hitter in the lineup. The announcer was just saying that their worst hitter was “pretty good”.


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The answer is simple: they played the Yankees 7 times in July and August, while they played the Rays 6 times in July and August. Since the MLB schedule in 2020 was to play 10 games against each of the 4 same-division teams (for 40 games) plus 20 games against teams in the other division, that left 4 more games against the Rays, and 3 more against the ...


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