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Questions about baseball rules, general information about the game, statistical analysis, questions about players, questions about Baseball records. I am a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and a lifelong baseball fanatic. Don't ask me questions about training - this is not my area of expertise.

Experience in the area

Lifelong fan, article about player movement from team to team throughout history.

What do you like about this subject?

The St. Louis Cardinals, statistical analysis, Stan Musial, historical achievements, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I am writing a book about Missouri born major league baseball players.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Batting average isn't the best way to measure the effectiveness of a hitter.

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Recent Answers from Brian Flaspohler

2015-08-27 fielders indifference:

Frank,    I don't have an answer other than that's the way the rulebook works.  One difference is that there are no rules where the fielders play.  So why not reward the batter if they 'hit it where they

2015-06-29 sacrifices:

Mitch,    That's the rulebook!  If I was guessing, I'd say the reason a ground ball isn't a sacrifice is because the batter is trying for a hit.  A sacrifice was meant as a way you give yourself up, and

2014-04-01 Error on Unsuccessful Double Play Chance:

Matty,    This is dealt with in the official rules and was scored correctly.  Here's the clause (10.12(d)3):    The official scorer shall not charge an error against any fielder who makes a wild throw

2013-10-20 The pitcher and signs:

Ed,    Sure.  The reason the catcher typically gives the signs is that they are hidden from view of most everyone but the pitcher and middle infielders.  If a team developed signs and signaled them from

2013-07-17 Playing time:

Rachel,    It depends on the league rules.  I don't know the specific rules for this level of play but often traveling teams or All-Star teams aren't required to follow playing time rules.    I suggest


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