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Why doesn't the MLB implement a salary cap?

The owners would implement a salary cap in a New York Minute if they had the opportunity. The players, however, would not agree, and because MLB is so successful monetarily even without one, and also ...
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Has a college team ever played against a professional team?

Baseball There is a long history of college teams playing against MLB teams in spring exhibition games. This WSJ article has a good description of it: Such was the unusual spectacle of the Phillies’ ...
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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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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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Why doesn't the MLB implement a salary cap?

Simple answer, the MLB and the MLBPA don't want a salary cap. It isn't proven that a salary cap would make things any more competitive. In terms of data, in the NBA for example, it has seemed to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Baseball and DWar

The basic formula for WAR is as follows: WAR = (Batting Runs + Base Running Runs + Fielding Runs + Positional Adjustment + League Adjustment +Replacement Runs) / (Runs Per Win) Different sources ...
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Does a pitcher receive an earned run if he makes an error?

No he doesn't. Pitcher errors are counted alongside other defensive errors and are treated the same for the purpose of determining ERA. If a run scores as the result of an error, it doesn't matter ...
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Is MLB Statcast data permanently archived somewhere?

The data are not generally publicly available, at least not yet. The stuff that is available can be found here:http://baseballsavant.com/pitchfx_search.php. I don't know how "permanent" it is. You ...
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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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Do MLB starting pitchers get paid per start or per game they are on the roster?

All Major league baseball players are paid at a daily rate equivalent to their annual salary; that daily rate is calculated based on the Championship Season, which is defined as the time from Opening ...
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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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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 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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How does a three team trade work?

Three team trades are complicated, but they are done. Here's essentially how this goes down. We'll identify three teams here, team A, team B and team C. Team A and B are the primaries in the trade, ...
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Who qualifies for a "save" in this example?

The MLB rules state the following about saves: A save is a statistic credited to a relief pitcher, as set forth in this Rule 10.19. The official scorer shall credit a pitcher with a save when ...
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Does any rule require MLB teams to announce probable pitchers?

There is no rule requiring a team to announce its probable pitcher. Nothing is official until the manager submits his lineup to the umpire before the game begins. But as you said, it is usually very ...
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MLB: Gray area concerning runners passing each other rule

No grey area. Two runners can occupy the same base. When there are two runners on the same base the lead runner can go to the next base or the following runner can go back. At no time can their ...
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