A “walk-off” is any offensive play that gives the home team the lead – and thus, the win – in the bottom of the last inning.
Most of these game-winning hits come in the form of a walk-off home run or single. Walk-off doubles are rarer and game-ending triples are exceptionally rare (there were none in 2019). Any walk-off hit that isn’t a walk-off home run needs a runner on base to score the winning run.
By definition, a walk-off loss is a close game rather than a blowout, because the losing team kept the score tied until the last second, and may even have held the lead.
A walk-off happens when a batter on the home team hits a ball in play in the ninth or extra innings that scores go-ahead run. It is called a walk-off because once winning run crosses home plate and losing teams walks off field, game ends.
A walk-off occurs in baseball when a baserunner scores after a batter hits the ball safely into play in the bottom of the ninth inning or later. After the batter who hit in the game-winning run has touched first base, they can simply just “walk-off” the field, since the team has now officially won the game.
Jim Thome holds the MLB record with 13 career walk-off homers. Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial and Frank Robinson shared the record at 12 before Thome surpassed them.
These are the greatest clutch hitters in Major League Baseball history.- Stan Musial, Outfield and First Base.
Well, if we only counted “simple” walk off grand slams the event would not be as rare as people think: From the first Opening Day in Major League Baseball history, back in 1876, though September 29, 2022, there are two-hundred seventy-eight instances of players hitting a walk off-grand slam!
As a general rule, all runs count on a walk off home run. The player who hit the walk-off home run is allowed to run around the bases and score, but if that player misses a base or overruns another baserunner, that batter is called out and the home run does not count as a run.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes had a home run taken away from him during Tuesday night’s game after a replay showed he missed touching first base by inches. The blunder occurred during the Pirates home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park.
A walk-off home run only happens when the MLB home team takes the lead in the bottom of the ninth inning or extra innings via a home run. Since the visiting team bats first in each inning, the home team can essentially walks off the field after winning the game.
A hit by pitch is not counted statistically as a walk, though the effect is mostly the same, with the batter receiving a free pass to first base. One exception is that on a HBP (hit-by-pitch), the ball is dead.
A walk does not count as an at bat or hit, and does not affect a player’s batting average. You can see a list of Major League Baseball Players with the highest career batting averages in our sports almanac.
A walk-off triple (one that ends a game) occurs very infrequently. In general, game-winning hits with a runner on first base are walk-off doubles, since it is quite common for runners starting on first base to score on a double (as it is to make it from first to third on a single).
Can A Pinch Hitter Bat Twice? Yes, if he remains in the game. No, if he does not. Yes – If a pinch hitter remains in the game after pinch hitting, they are eligible to bat as many times as needed until the conclusion of the game or until they are removed from the game.
A balk occurs when a pitcher makes an illegal motion on the mound that the umpire deems to be deceitful to the runner(s). As a result, any men on base are awarded the next base, and the pitch (if it was thrown in the first place) is waved off for a dead ball.
There might even be a walk or a wild pitch that gives the runner a chance to run across home plate. But a walk-off balk — where a pitcher (by definition) flinches or makes a motion like they’re going to pitch but doesn’t — is unheard of.
Yes, the home team certainly can win by more than one run. For an example, see Royals vs Tigers on 2019-05-05: the score was tied at 2 after nine innings, the Royals didn’t score in the top of the tenth, but then in the bottom of the 9th Brandon Dixon hit a three-run home to win the game 5-2.
Rule 2.00 defines the Infield Fly as, “a fair fly ball (not including a line drive or a bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second, and third bases are occupied before two are out.
Five home runs in a game has been achieved four times: Pete Schneider (1923), Lou Frierson (1934), Cecil Dunn (1936) and Dick Lane (1948). In the pre-professional era, Lipman Pike also hit five home runs in 1866.
History and usage of the term
On 22 occasions in major league history, all during the regular season, a player has hit a walk-off grand slam for a 1-run victory; 13 of those occasions came with the bases loaded and two outs.
1: Lou Gehrig. The “Iron Horse” was one of the most clutch hitters in the history of the game, and as impressive as his regular season stats were, he was just as good in the World Series.
Derek Jeter, who is widely regarded as one of the most clutch players ever, had seven in his entire career. Ortiz more than doubled that in a four-year span and then nearly tripled it for his career.
Jeter put up great stats through his career, but part of his HOF resume was the fact that he was one of the most clutch players of all time. The New York Yankees shortstop proved to be one of the most clutch players in baseball history while helping the Yanks win five World Series titles before hanging up his cleats.
Definition. A grand slam occurs when a batter hits a home run with men on first base, second base and third base. Four runs score on a grand slam – the most possible on one play – and a batter is awarded four RBIs.