As a baseball player or fan, you might often find yourself questioning different aspects of the game. Let's be real – the sport of baseball comes with its own unique language. That is why the experts here at BRUCE BOLT decided to put together this comprehensive list of Baseball FAQs. Our list of questions includes game rules, game statistics, questions about former players, and more general information about baseball. Well, what are we waiting for? Let's dive right in. 

FAQs About Basic Game Rules & Structure 

With its unique set of guidelines and structures, the game of baseball can be both fascinating and complex. These questions are for the newcomers.

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How many innings are in an MLB baseball game?

An MLB game has a total of nine innings (Not including extra innings in cases of a tie after inning #9).

How many innings are in a High School baseball game?

High school baseball games are usually structured around seven innings, again with extensions in case of a tie.

How long does a baseball game last?

On average, a nine-inning baseball game tends to last about 2:40 with the new pitch clock rule. This is ~25 minutes shorter than it was before the rule was put in place. Keep in mind, the exact duration can vary greatly.

How long does each inning take?

Subject to various factors like the number of runs scored and the strategies implemented by the teams, each inning in a baseball game usually lasts between 10 to 20 minutes.

How many games are there in the MLB season?

Excluding the playoffs, a regular MLB season boasts a hefty schedule of 162 games.

What is a perfect game in baseball?

A perfect game is achieved when a pitcher (or a team of pitchers working in tandem) do not allow any opposing player to reach base. This is different from a no-hitter where players can reach base by way of walk, hit-by-pitch, or error.

Can a baseball game end in a tie?

No, a tie-result is not possible in baseball. In case the scores are level after the completion of nine innings, the game simply moves into an extra innings phase until a winner emerges (In rare cases games have been called after a ridiculous amount of time). The longest baseball game ever lasted 26 innings!

Is there a run rule in college baseball?

Yes! A run rule is in effect in most college baseball leagues, in order to prevent an overwhelming dominance by one side. However, the specifics of this rule might differ from conference to conference.

FAQs About Game Statistics & Former Players 

Next on our list of FAQs are questions about baseball statistics and some celebrated former players. Understanding these statistical terminologies will bring you closer to the game and let you join in-depth baseball conversations.

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What does AB mean in baseball?

"AB" stands for At Bat, a key stat in baseball. It represents the number of times a batter has faced a pitcher, excluding certain situations like sacrifice plays and walks.

What does ERA mean in baseball?

ERA stands for Earned Run Average. It's a metric used to calculate the average number of earned runs a pitcher would give up per nine innings pitched.

What does WHIP mean in baseball?

WHIP is an acronym for Walks plus Hits per Inning Pitched. It measures the average number of baserunners a pitcher has allowed per inning. 

What does BB mean in baseball?

In baseball statistics, BB stands for Base on Balls, commonly known as a walk. 

What is an RBI in baseball?

RBI, or Run Batted In, is a statistic in baseball and softball that credits a batter for making a play that results in a run being scored.

What is wRC+ in baseball?

wRC+ (weighted Runs Created Plus) is a statistic in baseball that quantifies a player's total offensive value, accounting for park factors and league average. A wRC+ of 100 is league average, while a higher number indicates better performance.

Did Michael Jordan play baseball?

Yes, Michael Jordan did play baseball. After his first retirement from basketball in 1993, Jordan spent a season playing minor league baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization. 

How much is a Babe Ruth baseball card worth?

The worth of a Babe Ruth baseball card could vary widely based on its condition and rarity. However, some of the rarest ones in mint condition have fetched millions of dollars at auctions.

Who is the greatest baseball player of all time?

The title of the G.O.A.T. baseball player is subjective and often depends on who you ask. Some popular names include Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron.

General Questions About Baseball 

While understanding the rules, structure, statistics and legendary players of baseball is important, it's equally fascinating to delve into some general trivia about the sport. Here are answers to some of those commonly asked queries.

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How much does a baseball weigh?

An official baseball used in professional leagues like the MLB weighs roughly between 5 to 5.25 ounces.

How many baseballs are used in an MLB game?

On average, around 60 to 70 baseballs are used in an MLB game. The exact number can vary based on several factors, such as fouls and home runs.

What is an error in baseball?

In baseball terms, an error is a mistake made by a player on the field which allows a batter to reach base or a base runner to advance where there would have otherwise been an out.

What is a sacrifice in baseball?

A sacrifice in baseball refers to a strategic play where a batter deliberately makes an out to advance a base runner. This can occur through a sacrifice bunt, where the batter bunts the ball to move runners into scoring position, or a sacrifice fly, where the batter hits a fly ball deep enough to allow a runner to tag up and advance after the catch.

Where can I sell my baseball cards?

There are many platforms where you can sell your baseball cards, such as local card shops, online marketplaces, auction houses, and card shows.

How big is a baseball field?

Baseball field dimensions can vary widely, but a major league field typically measures 400 feet from home plate to the centerfield wall.

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How many seams are on a baseball?

A regulation baseball has 108 double stitches, or 216 individual stitches.

How do I measure my baseball glove size?

To measure your baseball glove size, start from the top of the index finger of your glove and measure down along the glove's palm to the heel of your glove.

For more common baseball questions and fun trivia, check out our blog on baseball trivia questions!

How BRUCE BOLT Can Help in Your Baseball Journey 

Now that you've got a thorough understanding of baseball's rules, statistics, and general questions, the only thing left is to gear up and hit the field. That's where we step in. 

At BRUCE BOLT, we are dedicated to empowering players like you with high-quality baseball equipment, so you can fully enjoy every moment of your baseball journey. Whether you are looking for pro-grade batting gloves designed to increase comfort and maximize grip, protective gear to keep you safe throughout the game, or compression sleeves for enhanced performance and faster recovery, BRUCE BOLT has it all. 

Browse through our collection today and find the perfect gear to complement your newfound knowledge of the game!

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