Major League Baseball (MLB)
Major league baseball is a league of 30 professional baseball teams in the United States and Canada. The MLB was founded in 1869. Teams compete from April to October, when the World Series is held.
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Why is a 'K' used for a strikeout in baseball?
The use of the last letter of Struck instead of the first to denote a strikeout dates back to when Henry Chadwick developed the box score in the late 1850's. Chadwick often used the last letter instead of the first, especially if he considered that letter to be the more prominent one in the word. Chadwick said "the letter K in struck is easier to remember in connection with the word, than S." He also used L for Foul and D for Catch on Bound. Only the K survived into the 20th Century. Source: Paul Dickson's The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary and Alan Schwarz's The Numbers Game. The common view that the K was used because the S was taken (by Sacrifice, Stolen Base, or Single) appears to be erroneous. Other friendus from the community: 'K' was chosen to represent Struck, because S was already taken to mean Stolen base. The K and S are both still used today. 'K' is a Strike The symbol "K" is used because it is made with 3 strokes of the pencil, symbolizing the 3 strikes for the strikeout. Scorekeepers use a backward K (or a KL, or Kc) when a batter strikes out looking/called 3rd strike. K stands for 'struck'. Back in the old days, scorekeepers used letters for symbols, K is the only one that we still use today. Fyi, to help keep things clear in record keeping, a backwards k is used if the player struck out looking. I always thought that K was short for K.O. like knock out. Back in the day, score keeping was done entirely with letters, no numbers (Double was D, not 2B). When "strikeout" became an official statistic, "K" was the first letter not already being used (S- Single, T- Triple, R-Run, I-Inning, then K) So K became strikeout, and it was one of the few from that era that actually stuck. We owe the "K" to an early sportswriter named Henry Chadwick. In fact, Chadwick and another writer named M.J. Kelly are largely responsible for the scoring system baseball uses today. Chadwick already had "S" slated for "sacrifice." So a strikeout became a "K", after the last letter of the word "struck." The reason a strikeout isn't a "T" is because "struck" was the preferred term of the day. The symbol "K" in baseball scorecards represents "Strikeout." Why? Well, baseball pioneer Henry Chadwick, the NY Herald's first baseball editor, first used the symbol in 1868. As far as he was concerned, the letter "K" was the "prominent letter of the word strike," adding that "the letter K in struck is easier to remember, than S." While the above answer may have some basis in fact, there is another explanation. There are two ways to strike out. (In fact, there are two ways in which a player can strike out, and reach first base safely, if the third strike is not caught in the air by the catcher. How do you score that? I'm not telling. ;-)) A player can strike out swinging, or be called out on strikes. To make the distinction, the letters SOS and KOS are used. Try to shorten it. KS? COS? CS? It is an important statistic to the manager, that wants to know who will let the third strike go by, and who will swing. A "K" merely denotes a generic strikeout. This might be a myth but I was taught it was a simple way of counting strikes. First strike, line one "|" second strike line two "/", third strike line three "". That makes your K. The reverse or "backwards" K indicates the third strike was a called strike. I think it might be short for K.O. or knock/strike out. sort of a link to boxing. A "k" means a strike out but you can be more specific than that. if it is forwards than that means that they struck out swinging if it is backwards it means that they didn't swing at the third strike See Related Links See the Related Link to the left for "The Dugout Review of The Joy of Keeping Score."
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How many baseballs are used during a MLB game?
Using an average life span of a baseball in a typical game as 6 pitches and the average number of pitches being 275 per game. The number of balls used is 46. Factoring this number out to each team in the league playing 165 games and dividing by 2 since two teams play each other each game, the number of baseballs used during a typical MLB season would about 113,850 balls per year. According to MLB, between five and six dozen are used per game (60-70 balls). The home team has to have 90 new baseballs on hand for each game. That doesn't mean they'll use them all, but they must have them, just in case. The average life of the ball is 6 pitches. "According to Ensley, every major league game begins with six dozen balls. He goes on to explain that the average life of a ball is six pitches. Since most major league games average between 250 and 300 pitches, that would put the ball count at about 40 or 50 balls used per game". According to the MLB: "It says between five and six dozen baseballs are used during each baseball game, as many as 72 balls." Each ball costs about $3-dollars, so that works out to $216-dollars worth of balls for each baseball game. Using an average life span of a baseball in a typical game as 6 pitches and the average number of pitches being 275 per game. The number of balls used is 46. Factoring this number out to each team in the league playing 165 games and dividing by 2 since two teams play each other each game, the number of baseballs used during a typical MLB season would about 113,850 balls per year.
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How many players are there in Major League Baseball?
There are 30 Major League Baseball teams. Each has 25 players, so there are 750 players in the Major Leagues. From September 1 through the end of the regular season (usually the first Sunday in October) teams can expand their roster to 40 players, so during that period there can be 1,200 Major League Baseball players. Teams also have 10 players on their A, AA and AAA minor league affiliates
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What pitchers in Major League Baseball history pitched perfect games?
There have been 20 official perfect games pitched, 18 in the Modern Era of MLB, as of May 29, 2010. 19th Century Lee Richmond (WOR) June 12, 1880 John Montgomery Ward (PROV) June 17, 1880 Modern Era Cy Young (BOS) 37 RHP, 8 K, May 5, 1904 Addie Joss (CLE) 74 pitches, 3 K, October 2, 1908 Charlie Robertson (CHW) 90 pitches, 6 K, April 30, 1922 Don Larson (NYY) 97 pitches, 7 K, October 8, 1956 (Game 5 of the World Series) Jim Bunning (PHI) 90 pitches, 10 K, June 21, 1964 Sandy Koufax (LAD) 113 pitches, 14 K, September 9, 1965 Catfish Hunter (OAK) 107 pitches, 11 K, May 8, 1968 Len Barker (CLE) 103 pitches, 11 K, May 15, 1981 Mike Witt (CAL) 94 pitches, 10 K, September 30, 1984 Tom Browning (CIN) 102 pitches, 7K, September 16, 1988 Dennis Martinez (MON) 95 pitches, 5 K, July 28, 1991 Kenny Rogers (TEX) 98 pitches, 8 K, July 28, 1994 David Wells (NYY) 120 pitches, 11 K, May 17, 1998 David Cone (NYY) 88 pitches, 10 K, July 18, 1999 Randy Johnson (ARI) 117 pitches, 13 K, May 18, 2004 Mark Buehrele (CHW) 116 pitches, 6 K, July 23, 2009 Dallas Braden (OAK) 109 pitches, 6 K, May 9, 2010 Roy Halladay (PHI) 115 pitches, 11 K, May 29, 2010 Unofficial Perfect Game Armando Galarraga (DET) Bad call, June 2, 2010 under review; unlikely to be reversed NOTE The bottom paragrah is not really a valid answer to the question "What pitchers in MLB history pitched perfect games?" whether this was due to a bad call or not, the bottom line is, the stat line reads he gave up 1 hit, hence he did not pitch a perfect game. Not even a no hitter, no matter how bad people want it to be.
When was the first Major League Baseball night game?
The first MLB night game was played on May 24th, 1935 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati between the Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Reds won 2-1. "The first game played under lights by major league teams didnot take place in Cincinnati. It occured in (an exhibition game) February 21, 1931 at (Houston Buffs) Buff Stadium in Houston (Texas) between the Chicago White Sox and New York Giants. It was the first time two major league teams played under the lights. During the 1930 season Waco was the first in the (Triple AAA Minor League) Texas League to install lights. Before that season ended, Houston, San Antonio and Shreveport were playing night games. The first night game in the majors was held in 1935." - Gene Elston - Voice of the Houston Astros from 1962 to 1986.
Can a player on the losing team be named World Series MVP?
Yes, but it has only happened once in 1960, when the New York Yankees lost the World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 7 games. The Yankees were heavily favored to beat the Pirates in the WS in 1960, but lost when Bill Mazeroski of the Pirates hit a dramatic game-winning home run in the bottom of the 9th inning of game 7. It was the first and only time that a WS was won by a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th of the 7th game. When the Yankees won, they won big, but the Pirates won the close games. The Yankees won game 2 by the score of 16-3; game 3 by the score of 10-0; and game 6 by the score of 12-0. In the 3 games the Yankees won, they outscored the Pirates 38-3. The Pirates won game 1 by the score of 6-4; game 4 by the score of 3-2; game 5 by the score of 5-2; and game 7 by the score of 10-9. In the 4 games the Pirates won, they outscored the Yankees 24-17. All told, the Yankees outscored the Pirates in the Series 55-27. The Yankees as a team batted .338 with 10 homers, 4 triples, and 13 doubles; whereas the Pirates batted .256 with 4 homers, no triples, and 11 doubles. That is why a player on the losing team won the World series MVP. Bobby Richardson of the Yankees won the WS MVP because he had an outstanding Series and none of the Pirate hitters did. Richardson played all 7 games and had 30 at bats. He batted .367 with 11 hits, 8 runs, 2 doubles, 2 triples, a grand slam home run, and an outstanding record 12 RBIs. His 6 RBIs in one game also set a record, that has since been tied only 2 times. His record of 12 RBIs in one WS still stands today. For that matter, many Yankees hitters had a much better Series than any of the Pirate hitters. Mickey Mantle batted .400 with 3 homers and 11 RBIs, Elston Howard batted .462, and Johnny Blanchard batted .455. For the Pirates, for those with 10 or more At Bats, the best hitters were Smoky Burgess, who batted .333 with no homers and no RBIs; Bill Mazeroski, who batted .320 with 2 homers and 5 RBIs; and Roberto Clemente who batted .310 with no homers and 3 RBIs. As a result, there were no outstanding hitters for the Pirates in the 1960 World Series, even though they won it. For the Pirates, even though Clemente hit in all 7 games, he had no homers and only 3 RBIs. Hal Smith hit a key three run homer in game 7 to give the Pirates a 9-7 lead, but had only 8 At Bats in the Series and those were his only 3 RBIs. Mazeroski had the Series winning homer, but the WS MVP is based on a player's performance during the entire WS, and not just one game. For the entire WS, 7 Yankees had a higher batting average than Mazeroski, 3 Yankees had as many or more homers than he did, and 4 Yankees had more RBIs than he did. The two best Pirate pitchers (both of whom faltered in game 7) were Vern Law, who went 2-0 in his other two starts prior to game 7, and Elroy Face who saved all three of Pittsburgh's close wins before game 7, which was the World Series saves record at the time. However, Whitey Ford of the Yankees pitched 2 complete game shutouts and was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, so if they gave the WS MVP to a pitcher, it probably would have gone to Ford. That is why Bobby Richardson won the World Series MVP for the losing team and deservedly so.
What is the best record ever for an MLB team in a regular 162 game season?
116-46 by the 2001 Seattle Mariners, but they did not win the WS. Notably the 1906 Cubs went 116-36 which is the best winning percentage in MLB history; they also failed to win the world series. The best 162 game regular season record to win the WS was the 1998 New York Yankees who went 114-48 in the regular season and 11-2 in the post season for a total of 125-50, making them the most winning team in history.