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Sacrifices in Baseball

Baseball is a game played on a field with four bases that take the shape of a diamond. The players are divided into two teams. Each team is expected to have nine players as the rules of the game state. Baseball is common in Canada, United States, East Asia and Latin America. Sacrifice is a term that is very common in this match. However, the same word can bring confusion to you. Let us discuss sacrifice and learn why it is appreciated.

When does sacrifice fly apply? It happens if at the time the ball is hit, the outs are less than two. A batter is usually credited for this kind of a sacrifice if he hits the fly ball that was caught though it was deep for the runner to score. A runner has also credited a sacrifice fly when he is on the base score. The reason why it is called a sacrifice fly is that the batters intentions are to make a player from his team make a score. While doing so, he is giving up his ability to make the score by himself. In the score boxes, a sacrifice fly is recorded using an “SF”.  Eddie Murray is the all-time leader in sacrifice flies.

Sacrifice hit and sacrifice hunt are used interchangeably to define a situation where a batter gets credit for this sacrifice if he advances runners as he bunts the ball. Forget a hit. Pitchers typically try and rack up sacrifice bunts when they are up.  This is because many of them are inaccurate in making a hit and are not able to advance a runner.

Since the year 1995, batters were never credited for sacrifice hit in any game. It was in the year 1908 when the sacrifice rule was instituted. Twenty-three years later, it was discontinued. Eight years after the discontinuation, this rule was adopted again. The following year, 1940 they eliminated the norm again. It took a period of fourteen years for the rule to be approved the last time. Since 1954 up to date, this rule has been practiced in all baseball games.

Five is the highest number of sacrifice flies that a team can be credited. Seattle Mariners established this record in the year 1988. In 2006, Colorado Rockies tied this record. Two years later, Seattle Mariners tried it all over again. The total number of teams that were able to get sacrifice flies are five. The sacrifices made were three.

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Triple Crown in Baseball

When most people think of the Triple Crown, they think of horse racing. However, when a die-hard baseball fan hears the term “Triple Crown,” it means something else entirely. In Major League Baseball, the Triple Crown is an elusive title that has only been claimed seventeen times. It refers to an individual player finishing a season as the leader of the league in three batting categories: batting average, home runs, and runs batted in(RBI).

The MLB Triple Crown is a difficult title to earn because it requires the player to be a complete hitter that possesses strength in multiple areas of batting-skill, strength, and timing. The player must be able to hit the in play frequently in order to have a high batting averages, they must be able to hit the ball long distances in order to hit home runs, and they must be able to drive runners home by hitting when runners are on base. When it comes to runs batted in, there is also a little bit of luck involved as well:if there are no teammates on the base when the player goes up to bat, he can be as accurate and strong as possible, he still won’t get any RBI.

Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera, third baseman for the Detroit Tigers, is the most recent to win the Triple Crown. His 2012 achievement was the first since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. There have been MLB players to receive the triple crown not once but twice, proving their excellence and expertise in batting. Former St. Louis Cardinal Roger Hornsby was the first the achieve the two-time Triple Crown, winning his first in 1922 and again in 1925. The second and last player the earn the achievement twice was Ted Williams with the Boston Red Sox, who won it in 1942 and 1947.

The Triple Crown has became more difficult to achieve and occurs less frequently than it did in the early 1900s. Because of the increase of number in teams from the beginning of MLB, there are more players in the league, creating more competition. Another reason we rarely see a Triple Crown anymore is because rather than focusing on being a batter with strength in every area, players now focus more on specialization in either home runs or batting average.

Because many of today’s fans recently witnessed the Triple Crown being achieved, we wonder if we will ever see it again. Though it is unlikely, nothing in the world of professional sports, especially baseball, is impossible.