Are there times when you can “recycle” a player in baseball?


In baseball, unlike basketball or football, once a player is removed from the game, he can't be put back into the same game. That is (probably) to prevent a repetition of matchups.

Example: Late in the game, you have a matchup of (lefthanded) batter X against (lefthanded) pitcher A. So the batting team replaces X with a right handed batter Y. The pitching team brings in B, a right handed pitcher. Now the batting team wants to use a left handed batter, but they can't "recycle" X. So they either have to use another left handed batter, Z, or let the new, unfavorable matchup stand.

My understanding is that there is an exception involving catchers. That is, if you replace a starting catcher with a second catcher, you can put back the starting catcher. What I'm not sure about is whether this is true generally, or whether it applies only in special situations.

Are there situations in which you can "recycle" a catcher (or other player) in baseball? And if so, why would...

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This is covered in MLB rule 5.02:

5.02 (4.03) Fielding Positions

When the ball is put in play at the start of, or during a game, all fielders other than the catcher shall be on fair territory.

(a) The catcher shall station himself directly back of the plate. He may leave his position at any time to catch a pitch or make a play except that when the batter is being given an intentional base on balls, the catcher must stand with both feet within the lines of the catcher’s box until the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. PENALTY: Balk.

(b) The pitcher, while in the act of delivering the ball to the batter, shall take his legal position;

(c) Except the pitcher and the catcher, any fielder may station himself anywhere in fair territory

There is no explicit prohibition in Rule 3 (equipment) to fielders wearing 'armor', though it does require uniforms with certain minimum standards (visible 6" number, for example)...

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This is a question regarding a somewhat hypothetical situation, but one I have been thinking about quite a bit and can't get my head around.

In Cricket, a team can 'Declare' an innings at any time, ending the innings and allowing the other team to come to bat. This is generally done during test matches, as any game that reaches 5 days in length without both teams completing 2 innings would end in a draw - this means that it is not to a teams advantage to carry on after they have already achieved a heavy lead - it is more important to get the other team in so that they can be bowled out.

In Baseball, however unlikely, it seems to me that it would be possible for a team to just keep batting around the order, hitting a potentially infinite number of runs within an inning if the other teams pitchers were so inept that they just couldn't record any outs.

So my question is: Can a Baseball team choose to end an innings? Is there any law in place that would allow an...

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In almost cases (I'll get to the exception) the runners have to tag up when the ball is caught on a fly for the out. So what you'll usually see is the runners on first and second will go halfway until they see whether the ball is going to drop or not. (A runner on third will just stay put because of it drops for a hit, it's still an easy run home anyway, and if it's caught, he can leave for home the minute the catch is made).

The one exception is the infield fly rule. If there's a pop-up on the infield with less than two outs and a forced runner, the umpire can call the infield fly rule and the out is recorded automatically. This is to prevent the defense from dropping the ball deliberately and getting a cheap play on the lead runner and/or double play because the runners had to hold their bases because of the tag-up...

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Baseball is an unusual game.

Unlike basketball, soccer, American football, hockey, lacrosse, and many other team sports, it is not territorial in nature.

Unlike in most sports, the defense controls the ball.

Unlike most sports, there is no clock. Each team has the same number of chances to score (unless the home team is ahead at the end, in which case the visitor will have more chances to score). Until the final out of a baseball game is recorded, it is always 100% possible for either team to win.

Baseball as we know it today was born out of America's rural past. It moves at a leisurely pace, allowing plenty of time for conversation and speculation about strategy. It is the only major American team sport played in the summer (soccer doesn't count just yet). It's fun to go to a baseball game on a gorgeous summer night, sit in the fresh air, eat a hot dog, and enjoy our tribal team loyalties. Each team plays more than 80 home games, from April through September,...

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I am about to be a sophomore in high school. I am sick of being bored and I want to play soccer though but I don't want to play soccer unless I play another sport. I was thinking baseball because looks fun and I played it a long time ago. There is one small problem though . . . A LONG TIME AGO. I love watching the Louisville Bats, the Reds, and the Yankees. Playing sports is a good way to get more friends and a girl I like plays basketball and softball. I want to play basketball, like I used to, at one time I was good, but i suck tooooooo much at it now.
Okay I'll stop telling you my life story. I want to know how I can get a lot better in 6-months to a years time. Hell I'll practice every other day in the rain, sleet, hail, snow, 90 degree weather, or 30 degree weather if I have to. I want to know some techniques to pitch better, hit better, catch better, and other exercise routines to help me in baseball. Is it even to late to sign up for sports in highschool. I don't...

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Baseball can be a very engaging and sounds. Keep reading this article for some fascinating information about baseball.

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If you goal is to raise your batting average, attempt hitting the ball at the fence rather than over it. You just want to send it back to its origination. It is fairly easy to catch a ball when you lift it.

If you manage a baseball team, make sure that your players are enthusiastic about playing the game. Group activities like pizza parties can really help bond the team. Remember it’s just a game and you shouldn’t be crushed if you lose.

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If you are a coach that can’t seem to hold your...

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