Baseball rules are so ridiculous...
OT: How well do you know MLB rules (Quiz)?
I scored the same, and I believe every wrong response I gave, more than half of the quiz takers also got wrong (at the end, they show which ones you got correct/wrong with a brief expanation and percentage of responses for each question). So, yeah, to most people, some of the rules are ridiculous. If I had just followed George Costanza's reasoning and had just done the opposite of what seemed logical, I would have scored 70%.
I played baseball for 15 years and umpired for 5. I don't know how I completely bombed that.
He played in the MLB for about 12 years and is an ESPN analyst. Don't feel bad. Most MLB umpires wouldn't score 10/10 on it.
Alright guys, enough of the weiner measuring contest. Lets get back to the quiz...
I keep getting ads in my email offering pills to enhance my score.
and my brain hurts.
Got all of them right except for the balk one. I umpire Little League, which doesn't have balks, so I guess that's my excuse.
Funny thing is, I'm pretty sure all of these have actually happened in a game. I've watched a lot of baseball so I was able to remember the situations.
The balk one was the only one I actually got right!
6/10, but to be honest there were a couple good guesses in there
5/10 - right in the middle. Woo.
It appears as thought the average score is closer to 3.75/10 so you not really in the middle. Someone feel free to refute my analysis. I didn't try very hard.
Wow I definitely learned some things. I didn't know a bunt was not included in the infield fly rule. Also, I thought a Balk was a dead ball play as well as catcher's interference. I was lucky because I guessed on a couple as well.
I guess it's just rare we see a balk AND a delivered pitch at all, cause usually it's on a pick off move and the ump calls it before delivery. The catcher's interference one follows the same logic: how many times can you hit the catchers mitt AND hit the ball? Although I've seen that before.
I just went with my gut. I had close to no clue on several of them. Very interesting though.
Wow! I wonder how many major league umps would get 10/10 on this?
All of them. It's a pre-requisite of getting to the show. There was a good article a few years back about a minor league umpiring camp. The writer of the article participated in it and discussed the insane rules discussions they have.
In camps and clinics I went to they would throw situations like this quiz has and discuss them. We would debate and people would cite not only rule numbers/articles/clauses but even the page number of the rule book it was on. And these were high school/JUCO officials.
In fact, this year was the first time I can ever remember, in any sport, a rule being misapplied by officials when those umpires allowed two relief pitcher substitutions without a pitcher facing a batter.
Well, aside from the ump who was working the Orioles-Mariners game. *SPOILER* It said the ump did not allow Baltimore to take the result of the play when they should be been allowed to.
Given that the MLB umps earlier this year didn't even know that a pitcher is required to face at least one batter before being replaced (except in cases of injury or ejection), a long-time rule that pretty much EVERYONE knows and is an integral part of baseball strategy, I guarantee that not "all of them" would score 10 of 10 on this test that contained much much harder questions.
And I'm pretty sure it's "hoser"
Google verified. Now why can't it correct hozer to hoser I don't understand. In my opinion, that's a major problem. They should stick an intern on it, tell them to fix that problem before all our customers switch to Bing (and I'm not talking about that Owen Wilson movie that just came out).
Yes, I can attest to that as I’ve been called one most of my adult life, eh. (and the shortened familial form is “Hose”. /s)
I'm here for the wiener measuring contest. What's this about a quiz?
This video explains it... Sorry on phone so can't embed
Charles Woodson out of Tom Brady
That just made me feel better about my score
Out of Tom Brady :'(
Those of us who grew up near (or in) Ontario would opt for the spelling hoser. Citation? CITATION.
Me getting a 3/10 on this was like getting a mouse in a bottle, without the case of beer:
I missed this one unfortunately....
"Ryan Braun strides up the plate with a man on first and has to wait three and half minutes for the pitcher to look at first, shake off the signs from the catcher, scratch his head, rub the ball, look back at first, step off the mound, talk to the catcher and look back to first base before delivering the first pitch which Bruan fouls off."
"Will Braun need to return to the bench and go through another HGH cycle before the next pitch or will his current metabolic dosage be sufficient?"
* Additional dose
* Current dosage sufficient
This is a gem
I will admit that I had a few good guesses.
5/10, some pretty ridiculous situations.
2 / 10. But I have an excuse -- I didn't grow up rooting for a professional baseball team, I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago rooting for the Cubs.
And I felt like this...
It gets a lot of laughs. But then for some reason people tend to slowly back out of my office. I guess we'll settle on it receiving mixed reviews. But I still find it funny.
It is now mine as well. Also, I am a chemist
But I work in a Sports Information department, and I've played and coached many years. It's been my job to know these things for a while. The situations were good ones, though.
4/10 for me. And I got the balk one right, but for the wrong reason. It said "with the same count" and I thought a balk added one ball to the count, so I put false.
I believe you only add a ball to the count if no one is on base. But I also did horrible on the quiz, so who knows.
I find it interesting that the majority was wrong on almost every question. I wonder what the majority would have scored in the '50s or'60s. If this were a football rules quiz I think the majority would get at least eight out of ten correct. By the way 6/10.
7/10 but holy crap #8 is ridiculous.
8/10. Was an umpire for a few years though
7 / 10 with a few lucky guesses based on my kneejerk feeling about the situation, so I don't know if that means a fair implicit understanding of the rulebook or not. Probably not, and I played in various non-descript leagues for some time. Missed the question about the manager crossing the foul line twice in the same at-bat, and it might have been one of the more obvious ones too - I can't recall ever seeing it happen honestly.
Braylon Edwards out of Tom Brady yikes
but my buddy, the college ump knocked them all out. I was impressed.
His pearl of wisdom: just ask yourself 'who fucked up' and work backwards...
I wonder if this has ever happened before...
**Spoiler for Quiz**
A runner can assist another runner as long as he did not score or was already put out. A runner can actually carry a teammate around the bases.
Was actually against the rules though
I know it has in college softball. A girl tore a ligament in her knee in the process of hitting a homerun. She made it to first where her teammate picked her up and carried her the rest of the way. Sorry, no link, no video, just a vivid memory.
EDIT: it didn't take me that long to make my response. Beaten to the punch regardless.
Ladies you can find me in da club
Yikes, that was really difficult. I played for 7 years and thought I had a decent knowledge of the game, but it felt like a miracle I got that many questions right...
I got Qs 1 & 7 right. Wow I sucked. But I only played 2 years of little league baseball and have only a casual knowledge of the game, going to a handful of games a year and rarely watching them on TV, so I don't claim to be an expert in any way on baseball.
I got the first three right...and then promptly failed seven questions in a row.
I umpired AABA/WAABA ball for several years in and around Ann Arbor, and had no idea balks and catcher's interference were not dead ball situations. Oh well, 8/10 ain't bad.
4/10. I rallied to get 2 out of the last 3.
I'm calling BS on #3. The Cubs never have two on and none out. Oh wait, it ends in a triple play. Order restored. Full disclosure: I'm a Cubs fan, and yes, we have a healthy sense of gallows humor.
4/10. Not very well, apparently.
6/10 and I guessed on almost all of them. I guess that means I'm not ready for my major league debut after all. After reading some of these crazy questions, I went back to LSAT test prep questions for relief.
Damn, 1/10. I have two degrees from Michigan, but even a monkey could score better than that. I'll stick to football.