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ESPN MLB Rules Quiz from 2013

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Rich Marazzi. About 35 years ago, when I began umpiring, I had a book by Marazzi that was the clearest exposition of OBR rules I've ever come across.

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18 hours ago, LRZ said:

Rich Marazzi. About 35 years ago, when I began umpiring, I had a book by Marazzi that was the clearest exposition of OBR rules I've ever come across.

"THE RULES AND LORE OF BASEBALL"?

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Yes, that is the book. It was so helpful back then, long before all these umpiring/mechanics manuals existed or were available to the amateur world. I wonder how out of date it is now. I also had an amateurishly-printed mechanics manual,  maybe 10-12 pages long.

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My favorite thing about this, and Gil noted this in his article as well, is that these are all two-choice questions. You'd think that in the long run with pure guessing, the average would be roughly 50%.

Average Score: 38%

Obviously this speaks to the rules knowledge of those taking the quiz, but does it also suggest that some of the rules in the quiz may be counter-intuitive to people with little or no rules knowledge coming in?

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I got 10/10 also, but I'll freely admit that I wasn't completely sure on which infraction provided the manager with a choice: balk or CI. Made the correctly slightly educated guesses though.

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Based on my score of 10/10 I am waiting by the phone for that call up job!

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