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Silver Slugger Award
The SILVER SLUGGER AWARD is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League
American League
and the National League , as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball (MLB). These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average , slugging percentage , and on-base percentage , in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich lineups in the American League
American League
include a designated hitter in place of the pitcher in the batting order , so the designated hitter receives the award instead
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Batting Order (baseball)
In baseball , the BATTING ORDER or BATTING LINEUP is the sequence in which the members of the offense take their turns in batting against the pitcher . The batting order is the main component of a team's offensive strategy . In Major League Baseball , the batting order is set by the manager , who before the game begins must present the home plate umpire with two copies of his team's LINEUP CARD, a card on which a team's starting batting order is recorded. The home plate umpire keeps one copy of the lineup card of each team, and gives the second copy to the opposing manager. Once the home plate umpire gives the lineup cards to the opposing managers, the batting lineup is final and a manager can only make changes under the Official Baseball Rules governing substitutions. If a team bats out of order , it is a violation of baseball's rules and subject to penalty
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Home Run
In baseball , a HOME RUN (abbreviated HR) is scored when the ball is hit in such a way that the batter is able to circle the bases and reach home safely in one play without any errors being committed by the defensive team in the process. In modern baseball, the feat is typically achieved by hitting the ball over the outfield fence between the foul poles (or making contact with either foul pole) without first touching the ground, resulting in an automatic home run. There is also the "inside-the-park " home run, increasingly rare in modern baseball, where the batter reaches home safely while the baseball is in play on the field. When a home run is scored, the batter is also credited with a hit and a run scored, and an RBI
RBI
for each runner that scores, including himself. Likewise, the pitcher is recorded as having given up a hit, and a run for each runner that scores including the batter
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Designated Hitter
In baseball , the DESIGNATED HITTER RULE is the common name for Major League Baseball
Baseball
Rule 5.11, adopted by the American League
American League
in 1973. The rule allows teams to have one player, known as the DESIGNATED HITTER (abbreviated DH), to bat in place of the pitcher . Since 1973, most collegiate, amateur, and professional leagues have adopted the rule or some variant. MLB's National League
National League
and Nippon Professional Baseball
Baseball
's Central League
Central League
are the most prominent professional leagues that do not use a designated hitter
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Pitcher
In baseball , the PITCHER is the player who throws the baseball from the pitcher\'s mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter , who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk . In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the pitcher is assigned the number 1. The pitcher is often considered the most important player on the defensive side of the game, and as such is situated at the right end of the defensive spectrum . There are many different types of pitchers, such as the starting pitcher, relief pitcher, middle reliever, lefty specialist, setup man, and closer. Traditionally, the pitcher also bats. Starting in 1973 with the American League
American League
and spreading to further leagues throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the hitting duties of the pitcher have generally been given over to the position of designated hitter , a cause of some controversy
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Center Fielder
A CENTER FIELDER, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in CENTER FIELD – the baseball fielding position between left field and right field . In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the center fielder is assigned the number 8. POSITION DESCRIPTIONOutfielders must cover large distances, so speed, instincts and quickness to react to the ball are key. They must be able to catch fly balls above their heads and on the run. They must be able to throw the ball accurately over a long distance to be effective. Novice players may find it difficult to concentrate on the game, since they are so far from the action. Emphasizing the correct position will give outfield players something to concentrate on at each pitch. As well as the requirements above, the center fielder must be the outfielder who has the best combination of speed and throwing distance
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Right Fielder
A RIGHT FIELDER, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball or softball who plays defense in RIGHT FIELD. Right field is the area of the outfield to the right of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher\'s mound . In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the right fielder is assigned the number 9. CONTENTS * 1 Position description * 2 Hall of fame right fielders * 3 Fictional right fielders * 4 See also POSITION DESCRIPTION Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins primarily plays right field, and signed the richest contract in sports history in 2014. Outfielders must cover large distances, so speed, instincts and quickness to react to the ball are key. They must be able to catch fly balls above their head and on the run, as well as prevent balls hit down the right field foul line from getting past them
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Third Baseman
A THIRD BASEMAN, abbreviated 3B, is the player in baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to THIRD BASE — the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in succession to score a run. In the scoring system used to record defensive plays, the third baseman is assigned the number '5'. The third baseman requires good reflexes in reacting to batted balls, as he or she is often the closest infielder (roughly 90–120 feet) to the batter. The third base position requires a strong and accurate arm, as the third baseman often makes long throws to first base. The third baseman sometimes must throw quickly to second base in time to start a double play . The third baseman must also field fly balls in fair and foul territory. Third base is known as the "HOT CORNER", because the third baseman is relatively close to the batter and most right-handed hitters tend to hit the ball hard in this direction
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Shortstop
SHORTSTOP, abbreviated SS, is the baseball or softball fielding position between second and third base , which is considered to be among the most demanding defensive positions. The position is mostly filled by defensive specialists, so shortstops are generally relatively poor batters who bat later in the batting order , with some exceptions. In the numbering system used by scorers to record defensive plays, the shortstop is assigned the number 6. More hit balls go to the shortstop than to any other position, as there are more right-handed hitters in baseball than left-handed hitters, and most hitters have a tendency to pull the ball slightly. Like a second baseman , a shortstop must be agile, for example when performing a 4-6-3 double play . Also, like a third baseman , the shortstop fields balls hit to the left side of the infield , where a strong arm is needed to throw out a batter-runner before they reach the safety of first base
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National Baseball Hall Of Fame And Museum
FAME may refer to: * Celebrity
Celebrity
, a major synonym of fameCONTENTS * 1 Places in the United States * 2 Books * 3 Film, television and stage * 4 Music * 4.1 Album * 4.2 Song * 5 Acronyms * 6 Other uses * 7 See also PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES * Fame, Mississippi * Fame, West Virginia BOOK
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1980 Major League Baseball Season
The 1980 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON saw the Philadelphia Phillies win their first World Series
World Series
Championship. CONTENTS* 1 Major league baseball final standings * 1.1 American League
American League
* 1.2 National League
National League
* 2 Postseason * 3 Awards and honors * 4 Statistical leaders * 5 Events * 5.1 January–April * 5.2 May–August * 5.3 September–December * 6 Births * 6.1 January–March * 6.2 April–June * 6.3 July–September * 6.4 October–December * 7 Deaths MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FINAL STANDINGSAMERICAN LEAGUE * v * t * e AL East W L PCT
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First Baseman
FIRST BASE, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a baserunner in order to score a run for that player's team. A FIRST BASEMAN is the player on the team playing defense who fields the area nearest first base, and is responsible for the majority of plays made at that base. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the first baseman is assigned the number 3. Also called FIRST SACKER or CORNERMAN, the first baseman is ideally a tall player who throws left-handed and possesses good flexibility and quick reflexes. Flexibility is needed because the first baseman receives throws from the other infielders , the catcher and the pitcher after they have fielded ground balls. In order for the runner to be called out, the first baseman must be able to stretch towards the throw and catch it before the runner reaches first base
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Second Baseman
In baseball and softball , SECOND BASEMAN is a fielding position in the infield , between third and first base . The second baseman often possesses quick hands and feet, needs the ability to get rid of the ball quickly, and must be able to make the pivot on a double play . In addition, second basemen are usually right-handed; only four left-handed throwing players have ever played second base since 1950. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the second baseman is assigned the number 4. Good second basemen need to have very good range, since they have to field balls closer to the first baseman who is often holding runners on, or moving towards the base to cover. On a batted ball to right field , the second baseman goes out towards the ball for the relay. Due to these requirements, second base is sometimes a primarily defensive position in the modern game, but there are hitting stars as well
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Seattle Mariners
Baseball
Baseball
Club of Seattle, LP, represented by CEO John Stanton (90%) Nintendo of America (10%) MANAGER Scott Servais GENERAL MANAGER Jerry Dipoto PRESIDENT OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS Kevin Mather The SEATTLE MARINERS are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington
. The Mariners compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League
American League
(AL) West Division . The team joined the AL as an expansion team in 1977 . Since July 1999 , the Mariners' home ballpark has been Safeco Field , located in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle. The "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle. They are nicknamed the M\'S, a title featured in their primary logo from 1987 to 1992
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Texas Rangers (baseball)
The TEXAS RANGERS are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas
Arlington, Texas
, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex
Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex
. The Rangers franchise is currently a member of the West division of the American League
American League
(AL) in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
(MLB). Since 1994 , the Rangers have played in Globe Life Park in Arlington in Arlington, Texas
Texas
. The team's name is borrowed from the famous law enforcement agency of the same name. The franchise was established in 1961 as the Washington Senators , an expansion team awarded to Washington, D.C., after the city's first American League
American League
ballclub, the original Washington Senators , moved to Minnesota
Minnesota
and became the Twins
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Left Fielder
In baseball , a LEFT FIELDER (LF) is an outfielder who plays defense in LEFT FIELD. Left field is the area of the outfield to the left of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher\'s mound . In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the left fielder is assigned the number 7. CONTENTS * 1 Position description * 2 Notable left fielders * 3 Position Transitions * 4 References * 5 See also POSITION DESCRIPTIONOutfielders must cover large distances - speed, instincts, and quickness in reacting to the ball are key. They must be able to catch fly balls above their head and on the run
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