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In baseball, what is the minimum possible number of pitches a pitcher can throw and record a complete, 9-inning shutout - presuming that there are no rule violations from any batter which cause him to be called out, cause the game to be forfeited, etc.?

 

Give your answer - then show your work.

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0.

 

Intentionally walk every batter faced with the new rule, and pick them off on the bases.

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3 minutes ago, Kaz said:

0.

 

Intentionally walk every batter faced with the new rule, and pick them off on the bases.

 

Technically correct, but I also would've accepted 9 - intentionally walking the first two batters in each inning, then getting the third batter to hit into a triple play.  In 9 consecutive innings.

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9 hours ago, Mac the Knife said:

 

Technically correct, but I also would've accepted 9 - intentionally walking the first two batters in each inning, then getting the third batter to hit into a triple play.  In 9 consecutive innings.

But zero is less than nine?

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Without looking it up, see if you can answer this one:

 

In the history of the baseball division-era playoffs (1969-present), only one team swept the entire postseason. Which one?

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6 minutes ago, Quillz said:

Without looking it up, see if you can answer this one:

 

In the history of the baseball division-era playoffs (1969-present), only one team swept the entire postseason. Which one?

 

The 1976 Reds is the answer.

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Just now, SFGiants58 said:

 

The 1976 Reds is the answer.

Correct. No team has yet to sweep in the 1994-present playoff format.

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20 minutes ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

What World Series-winning manager lost the first 11 post-season games of his career?


I'm going to go with Dick Howser.

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27 minutes ago, Brian in Boston said:
48 minutes ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

What World Series-winning manager lost the first 11 post-season games of his career?


I'm going to go with Dick Howser.

 

You've done it!

 

1980 ALCS Yankees - lost 0-3 to Royals

1981 ALDS Royals - lost 0-3 to A's

1984 ALCS Royals - lost 0-3 to Tigers

1985 ALCS Royals - lost games 1 and 2 to Blue Jays before winning series and ultimately the World Series

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26 minutes ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

 

You've done it!

 

Not nearly as impressive as it may seem. Given that it was you asking the question, I suspected that it might be the manager of a New York-based team. I figured that I'd start with the Yankees and try and work my way backward through time. Howser jumped out at me, as I remembered the fact that his 1980 team won over 100 games, only to get swept by the Royals in the ALCS. I then remembered him moving to the Royals the following year and went from there.

Great question.  

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Orange.

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13 minutes ago, infrared41 said:

Shea Stadium.

Correct.

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Here's one. Theoretically, to pitch a regulation Major League Baseball game, what is the minimum number of batters that you have to face?

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26 minutes ago, willmorris said:

Here's one. Theoretically, to pitch a regulation Major League Baseball game, what is the minimum number of batters that you have to face?

27 is the minimum for a complete game, but to get a decision, a pitcher has to go at least five innings. So 15?

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Just now, Quillz said:

27 is the minimum for a complete game, but to get a decision, a pitcher has to go at least five innings. So 15?

We do mean a complete game, but it's not 27.

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