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As an Electrican I run into this problem in almost every home I wire Sheet rock hangers covering recepticle and swith boxes Does anyone have a good solution to help prevent this?

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You can try using electrical box extenders, which are plastic or metal spacers that attach to the existing electrical box to bring it flush with the surface of the drywall. This will ensure that the outlets and switches are not obstructed by the drywall. Another option is to communicate with the drywall hangers to leave the necessary space around the boxes before hanging the drywall.

What is the largest crowd to ever attend a MLB game?

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The largest crowd to ever attend an MLB game was 93,103 people at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for Game 5 of the 1959 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox.

Is there a limit to the time contrast medium can stay in the warmer?

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Yes, there is a limit to how long contrast medium should stay in a warmer. Typically, contrast medium should not be kept in the warmer for more than 24 hours to maintain its stability and prevent any potential contamination. It is important to follow manufacturer guidelines regarding storage and usage of contrast medium in warmers.

Who is the fastest runner currently playing in the MLB?

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Billy Hamilton, an outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, is considered one of the fastest runners currently playing in the MLB. He has consistently been one of the league leaders in stolen bases and is known for his elite speed on the base paths.

Has there ever been a no hitter loss in baseball?

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The only starting pitcher to lose a complete-game no-hitter was Ken Johnson of the Houston Colt 45s (pre-Astros), who lost to Cincinnati 1-0 on April 23, 1964. Johnson's throwing error allowed Pete Rose to get to second with one out in the top of the ninth. Chico Ruiz moved Rose to third on a ground ball, and second baseman Nellie Fox's error on a grounder by Vada Pinson let Rose score the game's only run.

Steve Barber (8 2/3 innings) and Stu Miller (1/3 inning) of the Baltimore Orioles lost a no-hitter to Detroit 2-1 on April 30, 1967. The Tigers got both their runs when Barber walked Norm Cash and Ray Oyler to start the top of the ninth. Earl Wilson (who started for Detroit and got the win) bunted them over. After Willie Horton popped up, Barber threw a wild pitch, which let Dick Tracewski (running for Cash) score to make it 1-1. Miller came in to pitch to Don Wert, whose ground ball was booted by shortstop Mark Belanger, allowing Jake Wood (running for Oyler) to score the go-ahead run.

Who was the fastest MLB pitcher ever?

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Aroldis Chapman is known for having the fastest pitch in Major League Baseball history, clocked at 105.1 mph in 2010.

Who was the batter whos batting average over a 4 year period was over 400?

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No batter has achieved a batting average over 400 in a four-year period in Major League Baseball history. The last player to bat over 400 for a full season was Ted Williams in 1941 with a .406 average.

Who is the oldest pitcher still playing in the MLB?

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Julio Franco, utility infielder for the New York Mets, was born August 23, 1958 and is the oldest active player in MLB. Roger Clements is the oldest pitcher in the league. He was born August 4, 1962. Before Clements came back the oldest pitcher was Jamie Moyer who was born November 18, 1962.

Has there ever been a lefty shortstop?

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Yes, there have been left-handed shortstops in Major League Baseball, although they are rare. One notable example is Dick McAuliffe, who played shortstop part-time for the Detroit Tigers in the 1960s. However, due to the unique challenges of playing shortstop as a lefty, it is more common for left-handed players to be shifted to other positions.

When did Mamie Peanut Johnson become a registered nurse?

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Mamie Peanut Johnson became a registered nurse in the 1950s after retiring from her baseball career with the Indianapolis Clowns. She attended nursing school and earned her degree to pursue a new career in healthcare.

When were baseball hand signals first used?

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Baseball hand signals have been used for over a century to communicate plays and strategies between players and coaches on the field. The exact origin of hand signals in baseball is difficult to pinpoint, but they were likely developed as a way to discretely communicate tactics without the opposing team understanding.

What pitchers have given up no grand slams?

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The MLB pitcher that pitched the most innings without giving up a grand slam was Hall of Famer Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched 3948 innings in the regular season and another 124 1/3 innings in the postseason without giving up a grand slam.

How fast was the fastest pitch ever thrown in MLB history?

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Aroldis Chapman - 105 mph pitch in Sept. 2010 Reds V PadresActualy the information below is false. Joel Zumaya never pitched 105 mph. He topped out officialy at 104.8 which is still fast enough to burn the hair off your face. However Aroldis Chapman of the worlds oldest, historical and first ever profesional baseball team the CINCINNATI REDS officialy hit 105 MPH making him the record holder for the worlds fastest pitch every thrown. The crazy part he said he was not feeling at his top when he threw it. He hit 4 other pitches in the same game at 104. He threw a total of 25 pitches in this game after a weeks rest. This guy makes nolan Ryan look like a softball pitcher. However hes got a long way to go to be talked about being in the same league as nolan Ryan. Everyone knows that.

Here is the official answer according to the official MLB record books!

Pitcher

Radar Speed

Date / Box Score

LocationAroldis Chapman ^105.0 mph09-24-2010PETCO Ballpark

Joel Zumaya *

104.8 mph

10-10-2006

McAfee ColiseumNeftali Feliz ^103.4 mph09-01-2010Rangers BallparkBobby Parnell ^103.0 mph08-18-2010Minute Maid Park

Armando Benitez

102.0 mph

05-24-2002

Shea Stadium

Jonathan Broxton *

102.0 mph

05-14-2009

Citizens Bank Park

Bobby Jenks

102.0 mph

08-27-2005

Safeco Field

Randy Johnson

102.0 mph

07-09-2004

Pacific Bell Park

Matt Lindstrom

102.0 mph

05-16-2007

PNC Park

Robb Nen

102.0 mph

10-23-1997

Jacobs FieldHenry Rodriguez ^102.0 mph08-22-2010The Coliseum

Justin Verlander * †

102.0 mph

06-12-2007

Comerica Park

A.J. Burnett

101.0 mph

05-31-2005

PNC Park

Joba Chamberlain

101.0 mph

08-24-2007

Comerica Park

Rob Dibble

101.0 mph

06-08-1992

Candlestick Park

Kyle Farnsworth

101.0 mph

05-26-2004

Minute Maid Park

Eric Gagne

101.0 mph

04-16-2004

Pacific Bell Park

Ubaldo Jimenez **

101.0 mph

10-07-2009

Citizens Bank Park

Tim Lincecum *

101.0 mph

08-07-2009

AT&T Park

Jose Mesa

101.0 mph

05-01-1993

Cleveland Stadium

Joel Zumaya - 105 mphAt the Minnesota Twins Metrodome on July 3rd 2009, the Detroit Tigers Joel Zumaya threw a pitch that was registered at 105. It was in the bottom of the 10th inning i believe (although it may have been the bottom of the 11th, the innings tend to blend into each other in a 16 inning game). It has yet to be "officially" verified (and thus placed among the record books). He registered 1 other pitch at 104 and several more at 103. I personally watched the game and as a Tigers fan, have seen him pitch in about 85% of his games. On a side note, I was at the TIgers-Astros game on 06-27-06 when Zumaya threw 103 in the top of the 8th 3 times. Interestingly, Roger "The Rocket" Clemens started for Astros, and hit 97 mph once, but that pitch looked like a change up in comparison to Zumaya's fastballs. Seeing a fast pitch on TV does NO justice to witnessing that speed in person.

It should be noted though that the Metrodome is one of the the most notorious fields for the ball moving significantly quicker than other fields (and no, the "air conditioner" theory about blowing the ball is a fallacy, the difference in barometric pressure inside the aging dome as opposed to the outdoors or other modern domes is the most likely explanation for this widely known unusual behavior of the ball) This also may be part of the reason why the Twins play so well at home especially in recent history.

Also, The biomechanical limits of the human body based on fixed ratios of arm bone lengths, tendon & ligament maximum strength and the size of the muscles required to throw XXX speed set a scientific and mathematically calculated limit on the speed a ball can be thrown at 105 mph. Any pitch reported to be faster was either thrown by Robocop or was recorded by an inaccurate or outdated radar gun. For instance, Bob Fellers "107 mph pitch" allegedly recorded at an airforce base was corrected and recalculated to be 98 mph, due to the primitive nature of the radar gun (which was just being developed at that time). accurate speed readings on radar guns (for the sake of "records") weren't developed enough to be reliable until the early 1990's, so any pitch speeds recorded before then should not be trusted as accurate.

--> All information (to the very best of my knowledge) is accurate, true and verifiable if you wish to research it.

-If Joel Zumaya could keep his shoulder in one piece, he would be much more formidable. Strangely enough, his offspeed power curveball (thrown between 83-87 mph) seems to be his most effective pitch because of the change of speed and movement that juxtaposes his laser beam 4SFB, but he unfortunately relies almost entirely on his 4SFB, which he typically throws about 90% of the time.

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Zumaya had one sole purpose in his life. To break the MLB record for fastest pitch. But human physiology will prevent this young athlete from a long successful career. Everyone thinks its amazing when some pitcher comes in and can rifle that ball 100+ mph across that plate, not just once, but pitch after pitch after pitch. Granted to some degree i think its a pretty amazing feat as well but to me the consequinces of that ability, don't make it so amazing anymore. The human arm can only handle so much torque. It doesnt matter how young you are, how healthy you are, or how much muscle you have. The tendons and ligaments in your arm WILL tear, when you keep pushing your arms threshold for torque allowance. As the person above said "if Zumaya could keep his shoulder in one piece", is the perfect example of pushing your arms limits. He's already done damage to his arm and WILL never be the same again. All those 100+ mph fastballs everyone has seen him throw have put an end to this possible future good player's career. So if anyone has heard the old saying " you'll throw your arm off" ? look at Zumaya, because the saying, scientifically true.

Aroldis Chapman - 104 mph pitch in Sept. 2010

At the Reds vs. Brewers game on September 1, 2010, Aroldis Chapman threw a fastball clocked at 104mph, but it is believed he can go to 105. So i would say that the fastest pitcher of our time has got to be Aroldis Chapman. Simply because there has never been any record of the pitch going faster for any reason at the Great American Ballpark in Ohio due to such things as A.C. changing the speed or then wind blowing or anything like that, it was just Aroldis's full out arm strength that got him the 104mph fastball across the plate in the Reds 6-1 win against the Brewers to complete the 3 game sweep. Putting the Reds 8 full games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Who won the Seymour Medal Award in 2001?

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In 2001, the Seymour Medal Award was won by author John Taliaferro for his biography "Charles M. Russell: The Life and Legend of America's Cowboy Artist."

What was Jackie Robinson's favorite color?

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His favorite color was blue,.

What school did Barry Bonds go to?

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Barry Bonds went to Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California. In college, he attended Arizona State University.

Is the man who invented baseball dead?

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yes.baseball was created in 1861. that is a long time ago.

What are the most consecutive 200 plus hit seasons in Major League Baseball?

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Derek Jeter has had seven 200 hit seasons during his career. Three seasons in a row was his longest consecutive streak, he's done that twice.

  • 1998, 1999, 2000
  • 2005, 2006, 2007
  • 2009

When and where was baseball player Enerio Del Rosario born?

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Enerio Del Rosario, the baseball player, was born on September 23, 1985, in Samana, Dominican Republic.

How many games did baseball player Gary Sheffield play as designated hitter for the New York Mets in 2009?

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Gary Sheffield played in 6 games at designated hitter for the New York Mets in 2009, starting in none of them.

, equivalent to 0 errors per game (estimate based on total games played in).

When and where did baseball player Tony Graffanino play?

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Tony Graffanino was a Major League Baseball player who played primarily as an infielder. Over his 13-year career, he played for multiple teams including the Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and Cleveland Indians. He played from 1996 to 2009.

What were the fielding stats for baseball player Gates Brown playing at designated hitter for the Detroit Tigers in 1974?

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Gates Brown played in 13 games at designated hitter for the Detroit Tigers in 1974, starting in none of them.

, equivalent to 0 errors per game (estimate based on total games played in).

When and where did baseball player Pat Luby die?

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Pat Luby, a former professional baseball player, died on November 30, 1937. However, the specific location of his death is not available.

What were baseball player Baby Doll Jacobson's batting stats playing for St. Louis Browns in 1926?

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In 1926, Baby Doll Jacobson played in 50 games for the St. Louis Browns, batting in all of them. He had 182 at bats, getting 52 hits, for a .286 batting average, with 6 sacrifice hits, sacrifice flies, and 21 runs batted in. He was walked 9 times. He struck out 14 times. He hit 15 doubles, 1 triples, and 2 home runs.