This playlist is aimed at teaching the rules of baseball to anyone new to the sport that would like to learn how to play. It starts by introducing the field itself, followed by the basic rules of the sport, which should allow you to follow along under most circumstances of a game. The rules used are those of Major League Baseball, although they are applicable at most levels of the game. If there is any confusion over something I describe let me know, but it’s always best to consult the official rule book.
As of late 2014, things are under construction, meaning some of the videos in this series are being redone and the order of the following videos may shift slightly.
If you know nothing about baseball this is the place to start. Better yet, follow the YouTube playlist which incorporates examples from real games after each topic is discussed.
Balls, Strikes, and The Count
Game structure and Innings
Reaching base: Hits and Walks
Pitchers: Pitch Type, Giving Signs, Pitcher Roles
Becoming a base runner after striking out
Stealing a Base
Wild pitches and passed balls
Being Putout on a Wild Pitch (Not Caught Stealing)
The Infield Fly Rule
Sacrifice Bunts: Part I – Text
Sacrifice Bunts: Part II
Is Bunting a Good Stragegy?
Example Inning One: Part I
Example Inning One: Part II
Left on Base and Scoring Position
The Infield Fly Rule
Two Runners on the Same Base – Text
Passing Another Baserunner – Text
Substitutions – Text
Running Out of the Baseline – Text
Balks: Part I
Balks: Part II
Runner and Batter Interference: Part I
Runner and Batter Interference: Part II
Batting Average – Text
Runs Batted In: Part I
Runs Batted In: Part II
What is Not an RBI?
Why RBIs can be Misleading
How to Calculate On Base Percentage
Comparing Batting Average and On Base Percentage
Can a Player’s Batting Average Be Higher than his On-Base Percentage?
Fielding Percentage – Text
What Does Pitcher Wins Actually Tell Us?
How to Earn a Win or Save Without Throwing a Pitch
Runs allowed, Earned runs, and Unearned runs
Earned Run Average (ERA) – Text
More Advanced Stuff
A Pitch Clock?
Sacrifice Bunts: Rare situation
Batting out of Order – Text
Outs (Illegal Batter Actions)
Uncommon Outs: Part I
Uncommon Outs: Part II
Less Common Runner Outs: Part I
Less Common Runner Outs: Part II
Putouts: General – Text
Putouts: Other – Part I
Putouts: Other – Part II
Assists – Text
The Intentional Dropped Fly Ball Rule
Why Would Anyone Run the Bases Backwards?
Appeals: Part I
Appeals: Part II
Other Runners During Appeal Plays
Player and Fan Interference
Difference Between Caught Stealing and Picked off
Which Fielder Gets the Error When There is a Collision?
How to Prove a Box Score
Is a Runner Out if Touched While Running the Bases?
When You CAN Assume the Double Play
How much do you have to play to qualify for post-season awards?
Consecutive Hitting and Playing Streaks
Which Pitcher is Responsible When They Change Mid-At Bat?