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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.