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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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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 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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Shouldn't they call it a fair pole?

It is probably to just keep with the same terminology. The lines extending from home to first to right field and then third to left field, are both called foul lines. Anything outside of them are ...
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Why are there no left handed catchers in baseball?

Well, there are a few downsides for left handed catchers, such as throwing out a base stealer at 3B, which would probably happen more often with a left handed catcher, but probably the biggest reason ...
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What criteria does each batter in baseball's batting order have?

Traditional 1 - High OBP/Speed This guy should have a high chance of getting on base. You want to get your guys on base so the later hitters have a chance to drive in runs. 2 - Contact/Bunt This ...
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Number of baseballs used in a major league baseball game?

This question doesn't have an exact answer but there are many articles which suggest, for a particular (9 innings) game , on avergage 8 to 10 dozen baseballs are used. From old.post-gazette.com ...
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How does the runner placed at second base in extra innings affect Earned Run Average?

It doesn't. The scored run is considered unearned. A news article on MLB's own website describes the effect on scoring: For purposes of calculating earned runs, the runner who begins an inning on ...
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Is a squeeze bunt with a runner on third and one out a good play?

According to Baseball Reference, in 2016 there were 127 plate appearances containing sacrifice Bunt Attempts at-bats with 3rd base occupied and 1 out (precisely). Of those 127, 61 RBIs were recorded ...
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A False Out Call by an Umpire

The original ‘out’ call on the play is correct according to the “Abandoning the basepath” ruling. The out call is somewhat subjective in that the umpire must determine if the runner is “abandoning ...
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How do MLB Managers do the lineup card on Jackie Robinson Day?

According to multiple sources I've seen, they don't even put jersey numbers on the lineup card, so I don't believe they put anything even on Jackie Robinson day. Here is a picture of a game used card ...
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MLB closer with walk off hit

Yes, there actually has been a pitcher to hit a walk-off homerun. This took place on April 25, 1986. Craig Lefferts (a left-handed pitcher and batter) hit a walk off homerun in the 12th inning while ...
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What are the odds of seeing a grand slam in baseball

Offensive statistics rise and fall over time. So to make things easier, I'm just going to look at figures since 2001. (2000 seems to be a bit of an outlier) Baseball Almanac has grand slam totals ...
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What is "baseball’s magic twelve-letter word"?

Without wanting to bowdlerise it too much... it starts with "mother" and the next letter is an "f".
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What single day lineup featured the highest total for career HR?

STL in 2001 has a pretty powerful set of CI/OFs: Albert Pujols (656), Mark McGwire (583), Jim Edmonds (393), Bobby Bonilla (287), JD Drew (242), Ray Lankford (238). Only problem is the six never ...
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What does 0.1 inning mean in baseball stats?

Pitchers IP or "innings pitched" stats are recorded as the number of outs that the defense was able to generate, listed in innings, during the time when the the player is the pitcher of ...
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Why did the 2002 MLB All-Star Game have to be a tie?

There was no rule preventing a pitcher from pitching more than two innings, or various other possibilities, for example a position player switching positions with the pitcher. But... the All-Star Game ...
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Why does the NHL not feature red and blue in their logo, as opposed to the other three major sports leagues in the US?

Because there is no reason for the Canadian National Hockey League to have a red, white and blue logo; all the founding teams in the NHL were Canadian, not American. (Oddly, the teams known as the &...
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Is MLB Statcast data permanently archived somewhere?

Raw statcast data isn't available to the public, but one hack is to use the JSON files that the MLB AtBat App uses to populate its feed. These are accessible from: statsapi.mlb.com/api/v1/game/[...
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How to break in a pitchers glove?

I have played Division 1 baseball, and I was recruited to play both infield (SS) and pitch, so I have a little experience for this question. Frankly speaking, the glove is all about preference by ...
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Dugout players assisting a fielder

You can catch a teammate after they catch the ball to keep them from getting injured. Even if an opposing player tried to catch someone to keep them from getting injured, this is fair - umpires call ...
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