Game On: Baseball Quiz
by Staff
They say that in springtime, a young man's fancy turns to baseball. We probably put it a little differently, but we do agree. Take this quiz on how baseball works and you can find a dose of springtime anytime of the year. Batter up!

In the division of innings, the home team bats during which part?

  • the top half
  • the middle half
  • the bottom half

Under Major League Baseball regulations, how far is the pitcher's mound from home plate?

  • 60 feet, 6 inches
  • 21 feet, 8 inches
  • 44 feet, four inches

What did Baseball Magazine reserve the term "hall of fame" to describe back in 1908?

  • batters who'd maintained .350 averages an entire season
  • fielders who'd won Golden Gloves
  • pitchers who'd thrown no-hitters

What type of wood is generally used in major league bats?

  • ash
  • hickory
  • oak

Where on the field does the short stop play?

  • between first and second base
  • between right and left field
  • between second and third base

In baseball play, what is a fielder's choice?

  • when a fielder chooses to throw another player out instead of the batter
  • when one fielder calls another off in order to catch the ball unencumbered
  • when a fielder is asked "paper or plastic" in a grocery store

How fast does a baseball thrown at 95 mph make it from the pitcher's hand to home plate?

  • 1.1 seconds
  • 0.4 seconds
  • 0.9 seconds

A changeup is:

  • a pitch that's traveling slower than it appears
  • the time between the end of one inning and the beginning of the next
  • the time between the end of the top half of the inning and the beginning of the bottom half

What's a balk?

  • an infielder coming out of his stance before the ball is pitched
  • a deceptive motion by the pitcher
  • the insulting trash talk, usually very personal, the catcher uses to throw a batter off his timing

Spring training is held in Florida and what other state?

  • Arizona
  • New York
  • California