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 has one of the most powerful players unions, the owners don't have the power to force it on them. It's not hard to find articles about how the MLB owners ...
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’ 6-2 loss to the University of Tampa, a Division II school. It was a sight only possible in Major League Baseball, the lone major U.S. sport with a long-...
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 of the MLB rules, which describes a legal pitching delivery.
Section 8 PDF.
I would describe a balk as faking a pitch to draw the runner off base and attempt a ...
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): “Retouch,” in this
rule, means to tag up and start from a contact with the base after the
ball is caught. A runner is not permitted to take a flying start ...
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 grand slam. He was mobbed at first base, and never touched second. Only Cedeno, the runner on third, actually touched home. Ventura was awarded a single, and the ...
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 make things slightly less competitive.
In the past 30 years, 19 different teams have won the World Series. In comparison, only 14 different teams won the NFL ...
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 iconic logo has been introduced in 1915 and was the official brand logo until 1946 and has been used on the team wear ever since.
In 1947 the Yankees introduced ...
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 Atlanta, Sept. 30, 2009
9 -- Aaron Harang, L.A. Dodgers vs. San Diego, April 13, 2012
Then on September 27, 2012, Doug Fister of the Detroit Tigers struck out 9 ...
The man on 2nd is only out if:
The 3rd baseman tags third, which would make him out by force-out
The 3rd baseman tags the player.
If the man on 2nd decides to not run to third, then he would only be out by one of those two options. It's only a force if you tag the base the runner is required to go to by rule.
3B's claim is incorrect; the runner on ...
A few that come to mind:
The "neighborhood play" at second base, where the fielder doesn't actually touch second base during a double play attempt.
Batters going to first base if a pitch that they made no effort to get out of the way of hits them. According to the rules, a batter must attempt to get out of the way of a pitch.
An outfielder using the wall ...
This is banned explicitly in the 2008 rules (only ones I could find, and may have been replaced since the new CBA was issued, but I'm going to go out on a limb that this particular section's language has not changed).
(i) PLAYER LOANS.
(1) Prohibited at Major League Level. All right or claim of a Major League
Club to a player, unless it is under ...
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:
select "Find Players with Most Matching Games in Multiple Years"
for "Batter's Defensive Position", make sure ...
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. Change came to the playoffs. The LCS were changed from 5 games to 7 and in addition the commissioner decided that the AL and NL would go to opposite divisions ...
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 for pitchers) on a rehabilitation assignment, after which he either needs to be reinstated or a waiver process must be completed in order for him to continue ...
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, some managers have elected not to comply and wear just a team pullover for various reasons. MLB can and does check and fine repeat offenders.
Terry Francona's ...
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 will have different ways of calculating these values.
Baseball Reference (ESPN's source) uses:
RS (Runs Scored) = Runs per Win + (mwRAA (a modified ...
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 who committed it, that run is not counted for ERA.
This is explicitly covered by the rules, as well. MLB's Official Baseball Rules (OBR) 2015 edition Rule 9.16(e)...
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 can read a lot about Statcast at my own web site: http://baseball.physics.illinois.edu.
Both the runner who interfered and his teammate (the batter) are out, and any other runners cannot advance.
If, in the judgment of the umpire, a base runner willfully
and deliberately interferes with a batted ball or a fielder
in the act of fielding a batted ball with the obvious intent
to break up a double play, the ball is dead....
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 washed, mended and pressed to look as new every game.
From a article of CNN:
Mitch Poole, clubhouse manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers "uniforms used to be ...
The answer to this question is Kaz Matsui in 2004 for the New York Mets with 125 hits.
The next best are Tommy Harper of the Seattle Pilots with 126 in 1969, Deon Sanders of the Reds in 1997 with 127. And finally rounding out the top 5 are Lou Whitaker and Luis Polonia For the 89 Tigers and 90 Angels respectively with 128 each.
My analysis determines that ...
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 Day to the final day of the "regular" season (so, usually around Sept. 30). It is between 178 and 183 days in length. So, if the player is paid $1MM, and this ...
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 they didn't lose any. 1869 obviously isn't the live ball era, but it is the year that MLB recognise as the start of professional baseball.
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 first
batter to whom he pitches reaches first base on four called balls if such batter has a decided advantage in the ball and strike count when pitchers are ...
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 have to have one of:
Using an "opener"
Injury to starting pitcher
Hard pitch count limit
to create such an opportunity. Otherwise the manager is going to tend ...
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, team C will be our intermediary.
Team A is in playoff contention, they desperately need a closer. But don't have the right players to pull off the trade ...