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Does a relief pitcher who loses the lead then regains it get a win?

Rule 9.17(a) states: The Official Scorer shall credit as the winning pitcher that pitcher whose team assumes a lead while such pitcher is in the game, or during the inning on offense in which such ...
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Winning pitcher when tied

You are correct (at least for MLB). Quoting from the MLB rulebook, Rule 9.17 "Winning and Losing Pitcher": Rule 9.17(a) Comment: Whenever the score is tied, the game becomes a new contest ...
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How would a position player warm up to be a "reliever?"

I don't know where you get the idea of an experiment; this has been possible for as long as I remember. Mark Grace pitched an inning in 2002, for example, and definitely continuing to 2021... ...
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Pitcher with limited arsenal gets figured out too quickly, how can they become less predictable and effective?

Most pitchers, especially in the big leagues, only have three pitches that they have in their arsenal (or three pitches that the feel comfortable throwing that day) so yours is by no means limited. A ...
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Can stalling your delivery be cause for a balk?

The rule is that the pitcher must continue his delivery once he has swung his leg past the pitching rubber. See this from mlb.com: Once a pitcher has swung his free leg back past the pitching ...
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What were the major transformations in pitching strategy in MLB history?

I would say that the biggest shift recently has been to specializations and the bullpen. Before, you had a starter that would just throw all 9 innings where now you have starters throwing 6 or 7 ...
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Three-batter minimum and rain delays

There is no specific language regarding rain delays in the rules (in fact, there is remarkably little in total; 4.03 and 4.04 has little to say beyond denoting who has the authority to start or pause ...
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Does a manager ever warm up two pitchers with the same handedness?

There have absolutely been instances of this. The manager pointing to the handedness of the pitcher he wants is more of a formality. Almost always, when it is the manager himself walking out to the ...
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Pitcher with limited arsenal gets figured out too quickly, how can they become less predictable and effective?

This used to be me. There are several ways to combat this. Although three pitches is considered a decent arsenal of pitches to have, it can sometimes become harder to keep hitters guessing if only one ...
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Injuries in the 3 batter rule

Unfortunately, MLB has not published the 2020 rulebook yet; the newest they have available is the 2019 rulebook, which was before the rule change took place. What has been reported, verbatim on many ...
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Why do few teams use "hybrid" starters other than the Tampa Bay Rays?

When I began following the game (mid-1970's), it seemed fairly common for at least a couple pitchers on a roster to relieve some and start some. Sure, there were guys who were used strictly as ...
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Why do few teams use "hybrid" starters other than the Tampa Bay Rays?

The short answer is that starters train to pitch once a week and relievers train to pitch whenever they are called into action, which could be anytime. This article dives into this: http://www....
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MLB Pitch Types "Back in the Day"

I think that a comprehensive source could be found in this book by Neyer/James - The Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches.
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Why don't pitchers throw a combination of overhand and sidearm?

I am currently a collegiate pitcher that throws from both submarine and a 3/4 arm slot. I'd say I mix in the 3/4 delivery only about 15-20% of my pitches in game. It is really effective if you have a ...
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Why don't pitchers throw a combination of overhand and sidearm?

To extend your point, being able to "switch-pitch", that is, pitch with both your right and left arm, would be even more confusing to batters. And be able to throw from multiple arm angles with both ...
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Aroldis Chapman's Speed

During the 2018 MLB season, Jordan Hicks had the two fastest pitches recorded at 105.1 and 105.0 mph. Outside of several Chapman pitches and two pitches by Tayron Guerrero, Jordan Hicks dominated the ...
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