Tuesday, January 29, 2008

spring training starts soon

The Toronto Blue Jays start spring training in 17 days. Their first game is at the end of February.

Hardball Times has an article on some of baseball's rules and quirks - including 23 ways to get a man (any man) on first base
  1. walk
  2. intentional walk
  3. hit by pitch
  4. dropped 3rd strike
  5. failure to deliver pitch in 20 seconds
  6. catcher interference
  7. fielder interference
  8. spectator interference
  9. fan obstruction
  10. fair ball hits ump
  11. fair ball hits runner
  12. fielder obstructs runner
  13. pinch-runner
  14. fielder's choice
  15. force out at another base
  16. preceding runner put-out allows batter to reach first
  17. sac bunt fails to advance runner
  18. sacrifice fly dropped
  19. runner called out on appeal
  20. error
  21. four illegal pitches
  22. single
  23. game suspended with runner on first, that player is traded prior to the makeup; new player is allowed to take his place

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