Stark: How well do we know baseball’s rules?

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on June 18, 2013, with mention of SABR member Rich Marazzi:

Does anybody out there know the rules of baseball? Seriously.

If ever there was a year that made you wonder about that, this would be the year.

We’ve seen Jean Segura run the bases backward in Milwaukee — and actually steal first base (sort of) — only to learn five days later that it wasn’t exactly legal.

We’ve seen an entire umpiring crew in Houston forget a basic rule on when a manager can change pitchers and when he can’t.

We’ve seen Luke Hochevar save an 11-4 game for the Royals — and admit afterward that he had no idea the save rule had just applied to him.

And on and on and on. So here at, we got to thinking … which is always a precarious development for the rest of civilization.

Suppose we gave a little quiz, we thought. A rules quiz.

We’d let players take it. We’d let coaches take it. We’d let any managers who were interested take it. And of course, we’d take it ourselves.

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Originally published: June 20, 2013. Last Updated: June 20, 2013.