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Baseball and its rules

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Perhaps because of the amount of text. Or perhaps also because of the complexity of many of them, which sometimes do not turn out to understand them. But about what there is no doubt, is that the rules are the least understood aspect of the game. Most of the amateurs, nor by many lifelong experts. But how curious and pleasant are the rules of baseball to everyone who is attracted to the game of balls and strikes. It is the excuse for today's column, and we only regret not having the time and space to deal in detail with such an extraordinary subject, not to mention being able to cite more cases as the subject requires for its complete understanding.

For example. The rule related to the pitcher who wins or loses the game has always caught our attention, although at first glance it is very simple to determine the result.

Let's look at the open launcher case. He will only be the starter, if he completes at least five full innings. The rule will be valid only for those encounters or challenges of at least six episodes. In the case of five-leg games, the starting pitcher can only be the winner if he completes at least four complete acts, and his team not only has an advantage when he is replaced, but also maintains the advantage in the rest of the game. . The average wins and losses is calculated by dividing the number of games won by the total number of games won and lost.


And what about the meetings without annotations? No pitcher shall be awarded a shutout unless he pitched the entire game, or enters the game with no outs before the opposing team has scored in the first inning, retires the opposing team without any runs being scored, and pitches the rest of the game, in the official league records for pitchers.

What is a clean race?

It is a career for which only the pitcher is held responsible. To determine the earned run, the inning must be reconstructed without errors or passes, while the benefit of the doubt will always be given to the pitcher in determining which base runners had reached in an errorless drive.

A wild pitch is just a pitcher's fault, and contributes to an earned run only with a walk or a balk. And how do you solve the case of clean racing? An earned run shall be scored each time a runner is assisted by a hit, a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly, a stolen base, an out made, fielders choices, a walk, a batter hit by a pitch of the pitcher.

Likewise, no run shall be earned if scored by a runner who reaches first on a hit after his turn was prolonged by a dropped foul fly, fielding error, or interference or obstruction.

The always indispensable towed races

And the RBIs? The batter shall receive credit for one RBI for each runner who comes to the plate for a hit connected by the batter, bunt or sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, for an out by infielders, sacrifice fly or fielder choice, or that the score be forced home if the batter became a runner with the bases loaded on a base on balls, or because of interference or obstruction.

Likewise, the batter who connects a home run will also have an RBI, as well as an RBI for each runner when connecting the home run and scoring in front of the batter who hit the home run.

the saved games

And the games saved by the pitcher? Award a save to the relief pitcher who enters the game with his team ahead if he holds the lead for the remainder of the game, as long as he does not take the win.

Likewise, a pitcher cannot have a save if he does not finish the game. Lastly and for today, if more than one pitcher qualifies for the save, the official scorer will decide who has the save whom he deems to be the most effective reliever during his performance as firefighter.

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