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Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 5:30:07 PM   
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OK, my girlfriend bought me a baseball trivia book and the questions are not brutally hard, so lets see who can get the answers right.

We'll try Jeapordy style.  The first answer is NO, what's the question?

. . . OK, that's not going to work.


SHARING AN AT BAT
Casey Stengel is playing with his batting order and alternating Phil Rizzuto and Billy Martin in the number one and number eight sopots.  On Friday, he had Martin batting first and Rizzuto eighth.  On Saturday, Martin steps into the batter's box to begin the game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.  Tiger pitcher Hal Newhouser runs a count of no balls and two strikes on Martin before Rizzuto realizes he is the named lead off batter for the Yankees for this game.  The "Scooter" rushes up and takes Martin's place in the batter's box.  On Newhouser's next pitch Rizzuto swings and misses.

Is anyone called out for batting out of order here?

Who is charged with the strikeout?
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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 5:54:42 PM   
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No strikeout.  Martin is called out for batting out of order.

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 6:39:06 PM   
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No strikeout.  Martin is called out for batting out of order.


I concur

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 7:11:04 PM   
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Nope, I missed this one also.

Rizzuto, as the proper batter, gets charged with the strikeout.  No one is called out for batting out of order. The proper batter may take his place in the batter's box at any time before the improper batter becomes a runner or is put out, and any balls and strikes shall be counted in the proper batter's time at bat.  Rule 6.07 [a]

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 7:15:52 PM   
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DOUBLE PENALTY
 
An Oakland A's batter is at the plate in the top half of the seventh inning with two out, a three-two count, and the bases loaded.  Just as the Mariner pitcher is about to go into his wind-up, the batter steps out of the box and asks the umpire for time-out.  The arbiter doesn't give it to him!  The pitcher pitches.  Scott Bradley, the Seattle catcher, has to jump to prevent the pitch from sailing for a wild pitch.

What is the call?
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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 7:25:55 PM   
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DOUBLE PENALTY
 
An Oakland A's batter is at the plate in the top half of the seventh inning with two out, a three-two count, and the bases loaded.  Just as the Mariner pitcher is about to go into his wind-up, the batter steps out of the box and asks the umpire for time-out.  The arbiter doesn't give it to him!  The pitcher pitches.  Scott Bradley, the Seattle catcher, has to jump to prevent the pitch from sailing for a wild pitch.

What is the call?


Ball Four. A walk and a run scores.

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 7:26:23 PM   
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Ball.  Run is walked in.

(btw, I always thought it'd be cool if a player swung at a WP with 2 strikes to get on base.  I totally would in a big situation.)

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 7:40:25 PM   
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Again, I missed this one also,

The pitch, though wild, is called and automatic strike, the batter is out, and the inning is over.  the umpire doesn't have to have to give the batter time-out if he feels that it was requested too late or for the wrong reason.  It is the batter's responsibility to know whether the time-out has been granted.  Rule 6.02and[c].  Jose Canseco of the A's got called out on such a play during the 1992 season.

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 7:44:06 PM   
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Hmm, crazy. 

You're making me want to read the full rule book again, Todd.

Good stuff.

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 7:44:12 PM   
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LEANING OVER THE PLATE
Minnie Minoso of the White Sox liked to lean ove rhte plate.  (As a result he led the major leagues in career hit-by-pitches until Don Baylor broke his record.)  One day in 1955, leaning over the plate, he was hit with a three-two pitch in the strike zone by Whitey Ford of the Yankees. 

Did the umpire give Minoso a hit-by-pitch award or a walk?
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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 7:44:46 PM   
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Dustin, the key was he was out of the box.
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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 7:45:38 PM   
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Neither?  Called him for interference, and thus out?

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 7:58:11 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Todd Gray

OK, my girlfriend bought me a baseball trivia book and the questions are not brutally hard, so lets see who can get the answers right.

We'll try Jeapordy style.  The first answer is NO, what's the question?

. . . OK, that's not going to work.


SHARING AN AT BAT
Casey Stengel is playing with his batting order and alternating Phil Rizzuto and Billy Martin in the number one and number eight sopots.  On Friday, he had Martin batting first and Rizzuto eighth.  On Saturday, Martin steps into the batter's box to begin the game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.  Tiger pitcher Hal Newhouser runs a count of no balls and two strikes on Martin before Rizzuto realizes he is the named lead off batter for the Yankees for this game.  The "Scooter" rushes up and takes Martin's place in the batter's box.  On Newhouser's next pitch Rizzuto swings and misses.

Is anyone called out for batting out of order here?

Who is charged with the strikeout?


You have a girlfriend?

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/12/2008 10:34:26 PM   
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LEANING OVER THE PLATE
Minnie Minoso of the White Sox liked to lean ove rhte plate.  (As a result he led the major leagues in career hit-by-pitches until Don Baylor broke his record.)  One day in 1955, leaning over the plate, he was hit with a three-two pitch in the strike zone by Whitey Ford of the Yankees. 

Did the umpire give Minoso a hit-by-pitch award or a walk?


If it was in the strike zone, it should be strike three. the ump doesn't have to award HBP if the ump feels the batter didn't do enough to avoid getting hit.

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/13/2008 8:02:14 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Todd Gray

OK, my girlfriend bought me a baseball trivia book and the questions are not brutally hard, so lets see who can get the answers right.

We'll try Jeapordy style.  The first answer is NO, what's the question?

. . . OK, that's not going to work.


SHARING AN AT BAT
Casey Stengel is playing with his batting order and alternating Phil Rizzuto and Billy Martin in the number one and number eight sopots.  On Friday, he had Martin batting first and Rizzuto eighth.  On Saturday, Martin steps into the batter's box to begin the game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.  Tiger pitcher Hal Newhouser runs a count of no balls and two strikes on Martin before Rizzuto realizes he is the named lead off batter for the Yankees for this game.  The "Scooter" rushes up and takes Martin's place in the batter's box.  On Newhouser's next pitch Rizzuto swings and misses.

Is anyone called out for batting out of order here?

Who is charged with the strikeout?


You have a girlfriend?
 



Yes, but don't tell my wife . . . (badump bump)

At least I don't need to get _ _ _ _.  

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/13/2008 8:16:24 AM   
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ANSWER TO LEANING OVER THE PLATE

Neither.  Instead, the umpire invoked Rule 6.08 against Minoso:  "if the ball is in the strike zone when it touches the batter, it shall be called a strike, whether or not the batter tries to avoid the ball."


LEANING OVER THE PLATE (part II)

Suppose in the same situation Minoso go hit by the pitch when he was standing six inches off the plate.  Would it count as a hit-by-pitch or a walk?
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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/13/2008 8:39:47 AM   
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Unless this is a trick question, which I'm sure it is, the answer has to be HBP!

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/13/2008 8:51:35 AM   
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ANSWER TO LEANING OVER THE PLATE (part II)

Walk.

But I'm with you Matt, I believe this is worded poorly.  If he's standing off of the plate one would assume that the ball hit him outside of the strike zone.  But it states the pitch was a strike earlier.  It's too ambiguous.
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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/13/2008 9:00:31 AM   
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Walk.

But I'm with you Matt, I believe this is worded poorly.  If he's standing off of the plate one would assume that the ball hit him outside of the strike zone.  But it states the pitch was a strike earlier.  It's too ambiguous.


Hmm, maybe because it technically is a ball "before" it hits him in that scenario?  and another ball is a walk?

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/13/2008 11:25:46 AM   
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THE SULTAN'S BAT

The Official Baseball Rules specifies that no bat can be longer than 42 inches or more than 2fl inches in diameter.  Rule 1.10[a].

Does it also limit the weight of the bat?
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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/13/2008 11:42:21 AM   
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THE SULTAN'S BAT

The Official Baseball Rules specifies that no bat can be longer than 42 inches or more than 2fl inches in diameter.  Rule 1.10[a].

Does it also limit the weight of the bat?


No limit on weight is my guess.  Weight doesn't really effect anything depending on the player.

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/13/2008 5:51:54 PM   
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ANSWER TO THE SULTAN'S BAT

No, it doesn't.  hack Miller of the 1922-23 Cubs claimed he used a 65-ounce bat.  In those two seasons, the only ones in which he had a sufficient number of at-bats, he batted .352 and .301 respectively. 

In 1923, he hit a career-high 20 homers.  Babe Ruth, the "Sultan Of Swat," at times used a 52-ounce bat.  He, of course, batted .342 lifetime and hit 714 career home runs.

Babe Herman, a .324 life-time hitter, swung a 48-ounce bat during his heyday of 1928-30, when he batted .340, 381, and .393, respectively, for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  A Brooklyn teammate once asked Herman, "Why do you swing such a heavy bat?" Know for his quick rejoinders, Babe snapped, "If it's good enough for one Babe [Ruth], it's good enough for another Babe [Herman]."  Herman hit a career-high 35 home runs in 1930.

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/13/2008 5:58:08 PM   
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A "HEADS-UP" PLAY

A batter's long fly ball bounces off the center-field fence, strikes the outfielder on the head, and bounces into the stands.  The umpire awards the batter a ground-rule double .  Is the ruling a good one?
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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/13/2008 6:01:16 PM   
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A "HEADS-UP" PLAY

A batter's long fly ball bounces off the center-field fence, strikes the outfielder on the head, and bounces into the stands.  The umpire awards the batter a ground-rule double .  Is the ruling a good one?


No, whose to say he didn't deliberately head butt the ball to keep the double from being a triple or inside the park homerun.  The ump should rule where the runner winds up which is probably third base.

This is different than the Conseco play where the ball hit his head and then went out of the park....here, the ball hits the wall first and is in play.  The other, the ball never hit the ground or park so its analogous to an outfielder jumping up, getting the ball on the glove and it going over the fence for a homer.  Conseco's was ruled a homer correctly.

This should be umpires discretion as to how far the runner would have made it...automatic double with additional bases depending on where the runner was when the ball hit the fence.

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RE: Baseball Trivia - 2/13/2008 6:03:20 PM   
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No, it doesn't.  hack Miller of the 1922-23 Cubs claimed he used a 65-ounce bat.  In those two seasons, the only ones in which he had a sufficient number of at-bats, he batted .352 and .301 respectively. 

In 1923, he hit a career-high 20 homers.  Babe Ruth, the "Sultan Of Swat," at times used a 52-ounce bat.  He, of course, batted .342 lifetime and hit 714 career home runs.

Babe Herman, a .324 life-time hitter, swung a 48-ounce bat during his heyday of 1928-30, when he batted .340, 381, and .393, respectively, for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  A Brooklyn teammate once asked Herman, "Why do you swing such a heavy bat?" Know for his quick rejoinders, Babe snapped, "If it's good enough for one Babe [Ruth], it's good enough for another Babe [Herman]."  Herman hit a career-high 35 home runs in 1930.


And Babe Winkleman uses a 56-ounce bad to bludgeon the fish he catches.

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