The Bat Nerd, Author at The Bat Nerds

Why Do Baseball Catchers Paint Their Nails?

- November 21, 2021

When watching a baseball game on television, you may want to watch the catcher’s signals to the pitcher. It’s generally a wide array of a confusing-looking combination of fingers pointing.  One thing you may have noticed is catchers with their fingernails painted. It’s not overly common, but it’s necessary for catchers to use nail polish […]

Pitching Distances – Pitcher’s Mound from Home Plate

- November 21, 2021

The pitching distance is the distance from the pitcher’s mound to the front of home plate. Note that this is certainly not the distance from the ball’s release point to the rear point of the plate, which can be several feet shorter depending on the pitcher’s height and method of delivery. The pitching distance varies […]

A Look Back at the Time Randy Johnson Hit a Bird

- November 20, 2021
randy johnson hits bird

We all know Randy Johnson had a “killer” fastball. Well, that was more than just a term used to describe the blazing speed on March 24, 2001. In a spring training game in Tucson, Arizona, a fastball thrown by Johnson hit a dove that was flying across the field. What Kind of Pitch Was It? […]

How Many Baseballs Are Used in an MLB Game?

- November 18, 2021
Baseballs Used in an MLB Game?

One of the many expenses that go into each Major League Baseball game that the casual fan may overlook is the cost of the baseballs used. It may come as a shock, but the average MLB game uses about 120 balls. If the game runs into extra innings, the count is even higher. Who Supplies […]

What is the Diameter of a Regulation Baseball?

- November 17, 2021
diameter of a baseball

A regulation-size baseball measures approximately 2.86 to 2.94 inches (7.3 to 7.5 centimeters) in diameter. Its circumference is between 9 and 9.25 inches (22.9 to 23.5 centimeters).  As for the weight of baseballs, they range from 5 to 5.25 ounces (142 to 149 grams).  Evolution of the Baseball Prior to 1876, there was no standardization […]

What is a DP in Softball and Baseball?

- November 16, 2021

There are two meanings for DP. DP in softball typically stands for Designated Player. In baseball, DP stands for Double Play. We cover both meanings in detail below: What is a DP in Softball? The position is very similar to the Designated Hitter in baseball, but there is a distinct difference. In baseball, the designated […]

What Does ‘Tipping Pitches’ Mean in Baseball?

- November 16, 2021
What Does Tipping Pitches Mean in Baseball

Professional baseball has been in existence for 150 years, and for just about as long, batters have been finding ways to get an advantage at the plate. After all, one of the most difficult things in sports is to hit a fast-moving, relatively small, round ball.  Sometimes a batter can tell what pitch is coming […]

How Many MLB Teams Are There?

- November 16, 2021

A common question by fans just getting into baseball is how many teams there are in Major League Baseball. The number of teams has increased steadily over the years, and as of 2021, there are 30 teams throughout Major League Baseball, divided into two leagues with three divisions in each league. The teams are placed […]

What is the 10 Run Rule (aka Mercy Rule) in Baseball?

- November 15, 2021
mercy rule

For those that have been a part of baseball or softball at various levels, either as a coach, player, parents, or spectator, you have likely witnessed a game end early due to the 10 Run Rule. Not all leagues have a 10 Run Rule, but a lot of them do. If you’re a novice, perhaps […]