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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Baseball Lingo - How to Keep Track of Baseball Jargon and Baseball Acronyms
Baseball's Advanced Skills Tee
By Geoff James
AB - At Bats
Ace - The starting pitcher on any given team
BA - Batting Average
Backdoor Slider-a pitch that seems to be out of the strike zone but moves back over the plate at the last second.
Closer - The relief pitcher. Generally gets subbed in at the top of the 9th inning.
DH - Designated Hitter
Dinger - home run
DP - Double Play- two outs played on one hit. Generally an infielder gets an out at second and passes the ball to first.
E - Error -A mistake made by a fielder that allows an extra base to be taken.
ER - Earned Runs
ERA - Earned Run Average
FPCT - Fielding Percentage
GS - Grand Slam - A home run when the bases are full (loaded).
HBP - Hit by Pitch
High and Tight - a pitch that's high in the strike zone on the inside of the hitter.
Hill -the pitcher's mound
HR - Home Run - Also called a Homer
In the Hole - the batter after the man on deck.
IP - Innings Pitched
LHP - Left Handed Pitcher
OBP -On Base Percentage
Pinch Hitter- A player who substitutes another in the batting rotation.
RBI - Runs Batted In
RP - Relief Pitcher
Rubber Game- The deciding game in a series.
SB- Stolen Base
Set-up Man - the relief pitcher near the end of the game. Usually comes to play the 7th or 8th inning in between the ace and the closer.
Seventh Inning Stretch - After the visitors at bat and before the home team finishes the 7th, the crowd stands to ssttttrrrrreetch! Take Me Out to the Ball Game or a patriotic song is played in this break.
SLG- Slugging Percentage
Southpaw - A left handed pitcher
Strike Zone: The small window in which a pitcher can throw to not have a "ball" called.
Suicide Play - The hitter bunts, knowing he'll get tagged out at first, to let the man on third get home.
Sweet Spot - the wide part of a bat near the barrel. Supposedly, the ball makes a different noise when it hits off of the sweet spot.
Tag Out- When a player tries to steal a base, he must be tagged for the out - simply passing to the baseman will not suffice.
TP - Triple Play - When a batter hits a home run with two other men on base, it brings home three runs.
Walk - If a pitcher throws four balls before the hitter strikes out, the player walks to first base.
WP - Wild Pitch
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