Baseball Rules and Regulations

This category is for questions regarding the rules and regulations of baseball which includes asking about rules on safe and out calls, error calls, home run calls and much more.

Asked by Linnie Rosenbaum in Baseball, Baseball Rules and Regulations, Houston Astros, Major League Baseball (MLB)

Did the Houston Astros actually cheat?

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The short answer: probably. News of the scandal first broke in a Nov. 12, 2019, report by Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic. It detailed a system in which the Houston Astros would monitor opposing catchers’ signs with cameras, then alert Astros batters of changeups and other off-speed pitches. A player or other employee would bang on a trash can to communicate to the current batter that one of these pitches was being thrown. Rosenthal and Drellich had credible sources, having talked to four former Astros players, but the smoking gun came later that day, from a video by Jomboy Media on YouTube. In it, Jimmy O’Brien, founder of Jomboy Media, was able to find clear evidence of suspicious banging occurring just before off-speed pitches. Since the news first broke last week, more evidence has come to light. Another report by Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich detailed emails from an Astros executive who asked for aid in stealing signs from the franchise’s scouting division. More damning footage has made the rounds on various baseball forum sites, putting a cloud over their championship season in 2017. It’s hard to say what will come next for the Astros organization. Fines are expected by a great many baseball fans, writers, and commentators, but larger punishments, such as bans, might be more difficult to manage. Whatever the decision will be, it is sure to make waves and leave a lasting impact on the future of baseball.
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In baseball what is a bock?

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a balk is a type of error by the pitcher in which he does not properly execute a pitch or fakes a throw to first base. For all 16 ways to balk go to MLB.com
Asked in Baseball, Baseball Rules and Regulations, Probability

What are the dimensions of a baseball diamond?

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Starting at home plate, all the way around in a square, each base is 90 feet apart. Then the pitcher's rubber is 60 feet 6 inches away from home plate.
Asked in Baseball, World Series, Baseball Rules and Regulations

How many games in the MLB playoffs?

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The amount of games in Major League Baseball's playoffs each Fall varies, depending on the series. If a tiebreaker is necessary to decide the Wild Card from either division, then a single game will be played between the tying teams to determine who enters the playoffs as the Wild Card. The first round, also known as the Division Series (ALDS for the American League, and NLDS for the National League) is a Best-of-5 series with a winner determined after three total game wins. The winner of this series advances to their league's Championship Series (ALCS and NLCS), which is a Best-of-7 series. The two teams that win the two Championship Series will then face one another in the finals of the playoffs, known as the "World Series". Like the Championship Series, the World Series is a Best-of-7, with the winner taking all after four wins. Because these are a series of "Best-ofs", the amount of games played each year in the playoffs may be greatly different. If every contention between two teams is a clean sweep, the amount of games played will be far fewer than average. Conversely, if every series goes to its maximum number of games, the playoffs will take longer than usual.
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How long is it from first base to home base?

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It depends on how your relationship goes. If she wats you to go from 1st to a Home run then you go to work on her. no wat i man?
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In the context of cricket what does the term 'sundry' refer to?

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A sundry is classified as an "extra", meaning a run that is scored by other than hitting the ball and count only to the teams score, with no credit to the batter.
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When a fly ball is hit between first and second base who should be credited with an error if no one catches it?

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An error is only given when a specific player SHOULD have caught the ball but failed to do so. In general, this means the first player to have touched the ball but failed to maintain possession after doing so. If a ball simply drops between two players, without either of them touching it before it hits the ground, it is generally considered a hit -- even if either one of them COULD have caught the ball with minimal effort.
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Can only one umpire be used in a baseball game?

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No, not in a High School, College, or a MLB game. In little league 1 umpire is often used.
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Does the run score when the third out is made at second or third base in baseball?

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If the third out is a force play of any kind, then no runs score. EXAMPLE: runners on first and third. Batter lays down a perfect bunt towards third base. Man on third comes home, man on first slips while running to second. Runner on third touches home well before third baseman fires the ball to second in time to make a force out. No runs scored. If a runner touches home plate before a TAG OUT, however, the run scores, even if that tag out was the third out. EXAMPLE: Same situation, but this time the runner going to second base gets there before there is a force play BUT over-runs second base and is tagged out. Inning is over but the run scores.
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What is a quality strike in baseball?

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Locating a pitch just on the corner or making the batter swing at pitches he shouldn't should be quality strikes, but it depends on opinion.
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Do you get an RBI on a bases loaded walk?

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Yes, the batter that walks in a run due to the bases being loaded will receive credit for a RBI.
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Can a pitcher that has to leave the mound from the two visit rule play shortstop and come back in to pitch the next inning?

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The pitcher can re-enter the game as a pitcher later in the game if he is taken out with no trips to the mound or after one trip. If he is taken out after the second trip to the mound he can re-enter the game in any position except for pitcher..
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Who gets the win if 3 pitchers each throw 2 innings and the 4Th pitcher throws 1 inning in a 7 inning game?

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According to the rules in Major League Baseball, in the event of the home team winning and keeping the lead but the Starting Pitcher only lasting 2 innings and then the second pitcher lasts two innings to make it through the 4th inning and then the third Pitcher lasts two innings to make it through the 6th inning then it would be up to the home team's Official Scorer to determine which of the Relievers had pitched the best and that reliever would be awarded the Win.
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How does the umpire keep control of the players?

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Rule 9.01d states very clearly that "Each umpire has authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager or substitute for objecting to decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language, and to eject such disqualified person from the playing field." In other words, any umpire, at any time, can simply expel any player acting in an unsportsmanlike manner - and it's ENTIRELY in the opinion of the umpire. It's hard to lose an argument when you can simply tell somebody they've just lost the argument and have to leave immediately! In addition, players who so much as touch an umpire with their finger are invariably subject to very severe penalties by baseball commisioners.
Asked in Major League Baseball (MLB), Baseball Rules and Regulations, MLB Home Run Derby

How long is the home run derby?

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The MLB Home Run Derby has three rounds. Eight players face off in the first round, and four players continue to the second. Out of those four players who face off in the second round, two players advance to the third round. The third and last round determines the winner. Each round typically lasts about an hour, so the entire derby is around three hours long.
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How far is a major league home run?

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In baseball, if a ball is hit to the point that the batter can run around all bases and get back to home plate without being interfered with the other team it is considered a home run. A home run is typically hit over the outfield fence, and the fence should be at least 250 feet away from home base.