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Baseball Jargon: Some of the Strangest and Funniest Terms

If you are familiar with the following terms related to baseball, you can confidently call yourself an expert.

The Slide Step, The Mendoza Line, Tools of Ignorance, Defensive Ignorance, and the Golden Sombrero are all examples of defensive strategies.

Baseball terms are used by those who enjoy the sport. When you understand baseball terms, it's easier to participate in conversations about the game. There are a lot of baseball jargon that is only used in that sport. Certain names become popular because they have something to do with being unable to hit the ball. It takes a superstar, like Reggie Jackson, to get your name associated with an accomplishment. For example, Mr. October is a title that Reggie Jackson holds. However, this is not always the case, as players whose hitting averages fall below the "Mendoza line" run the risk of having their jobs eliminated. Continue reading in order to familiarize yourself with the lingo used in baseball so that you can participate in any and all conversations pertaining to the sport."

Baseball is not only the best game that has ever been created, but it also has the most exciting lingo out of all of the different sports. After hearing all of the strange and hilarious terms that are used in baseball, the average baseball fan will feel like his head is going to explode. Listeners who are not familiar with the language of baseball are likely to become confused and wonder what the heck just took place. The person who first thought of baseball would be pleased to see how far it has come, but they might also find themselves wondering if they are referring to the same game when there are so many different ways to describe it.

Baseball is not only the best game that has ever been created, but it also has the most exciting lingo out of all of the different sports. After hearing all of the strange and hilarious terms that are used in baseball, the average listener might feel like his head is going to explode because of how confusing baseball terminology can be. Baseball fans are likely to become confused and wonder what the heck just took place when there are so many different ways to describe it. If a person who first thought of baseball was to see how far it has come, he might also find himself wondering if he was even referring to the same game since there are so many different ways to describe it than when it was first created.

Not only because of the high prices, but also because of the fact that you should never go to a baseball game hungry, the previous statement is one of the many reasons for this rule. Through all of its language that is related to food, baseball sends many hidden messages to its fans.

The following is a list of baseball terms that frequently cause people to think of the concession stand.

When a catch is completed and the ball is halfway out of the glove, it is referred to as a "snow cone" or a "ice cream cone."

The words "cheese" or "cheddar" are used to describe extremely fast pitches. Another edible product that is used to illustrate the concept of "high hard one" is mustard.

"Can of corn" refers to a fly ball that is simple to catch.

A "Cookie" is a pitch that is delivered right in the sweet spot for the batter.

A baseball player's brief appearance in the "big show" is referred to as a "cup of coffee" (Major Leagues).

The player who is in charge of getting the "big boppers" on base is known as the "table setter."

Home plate can also be referred to as the "dish."

When a baserunner gets caught in the middle of two bases, the situation is called a "pickle", or rundown in baseball.

The following is a glossary of some of the more unique and frequently humorous terms used in baseball.

Pitcher Talk Slide Step is included in the Baseball Terms Glossary. When there are runners on base and there is a threat of someone stealing, pitchers get rid of the ball faster by reducing or eliminating their leg kick.

Very quick pitches include cheese, cheddar, and an aspirin tablet.

Paint - A pitcher who consistently places pitches on the outside corners of the strike zone is said to "paint the corners," to "locate" well, and to have "command" of his or her pitches.

When pitchers get wild, it's often because they open their front side too early, which changes their release point. This is referred to as "flying open."

Pitches that wait until they are relatively close to their home before moving in a particular direction are said to have late movement.

The term "pitching backward" refers to a pitcher who throws off-speed pitches during counts in which hitters anticipate fastballs and throws fastballs during counts in which the pitcher believes batters will expect breaking balls.

Lose a hitter is the baseball term for walking a batter when you are ahead in the count.

The term "backdoor" refers to the attempt made by pitchers to bring pitches that are outside the strike zone around the corner to the inside.

A knee buckler is a type of breaking ball that makes the batter flinch and, as a result, prevents them from swinging the bat. humorous terms used in baseball

The opposite of the back door pitch, the back foot breaking ball (also known as a slider) is thrown in the middle of the plate with the intention of breaking to the back foot of the batter.

Alter the eye level by replacing low pitches with high ones or vice versa in the sequence of pitches.

Climb the ladder, which consists of pitches that are successively a little higher than the previous pitch.

A pitch that is thrown very close to the hitter's upper body in an effort to get them to move off the plate or send a message is known as a brush back, purpose pitch, or chin music.

The cutter is a type of pitch that sits in the middle of a fastball and a slider and moves very slowly but late away from the arm side of the pitcher.

A fastball known as a splitter is one that is gripped with fingers spread apart in order to cause the ball to drop into the zone of contact. A term synonymous with "forkball."

The pitcher rotates his hand more with increased pronation to throw a screwball, which is a type of pitch that moves in the opposite direction of a curve ball.

Stopper is the name given to the pitcher on the team who is responsible for putting an end to losing streaks.

The pitcher who is responsible for finishing games when his team has the lead in order to get the "save" and "shut the door" is called the "fireman" or "closer."

The balls known as Uncle Charlie, deuce, yakker, yellow hammer, and Lord Charles are all examples of breaking balls. Breaking balls are typically very good balls that give the impression that they are "pulling the string" on the ball.

Where the pitcher throws the ball is referred to as the mound, rubber, hill, or bump.

A pitch that the pitcher wishes he had never thrown is referred to as a mistake.

A balk is a pitching maneuver that is intended to fool a base runner.

Baseball terms referring to the act of hitting a baseball.

A batter who "steps in the bucket" takes intentional steps away from home plate and outside of the strike zone rather than stepping into the ball.

A hit and run is an offensive play in which the batter swings at the pitch regardless of its location with the intention of putting it into play on the ground in order to advance a runner who is stealing.

A ground ball that is hit very softly, also known as a swinging bunt, dribbler, squibber, nubber, or tapper.

The phrase "chase the pitch" refers to batters who intentionally swing at a pitch that is obviously not a strike because they were "fooled by the pitch."

When a batter waits for a particular pitch to come their way and only swings when that pitch is delivered, they are said to be "sitting on a pitch." This phrase typically indicates that the batter is sitting "dead red" on the fastball.

When batters hold their position without swinging and without rolling their wrists, they are said to be checking their swing.

hitters are said to be rolling over when they roll their wrist too early at contact, which results in a ground ball being hit to their pull side.

The cleanup hitter is the player who bats fourth in an inning and whose job it is to drive in runs by driving in the previous three batters in the batting order.

The batter who comes up next after the one who is on deck is called the "in the hole."

GIDP or Ground into double play is when a hitter hits a ground ball that results in 2 outs.

When a batter has the "green light" to swing at the ball, the count has reached two or three balls but there are no strikes against them.

A ground rule double occurs when a batted ball is hit and then goes on to jump over the fence, allowing the batter to advance to second base.

When a ball is hit "in the gap," it means that it has been hit between (tweener) and past the center fielder as well as one of the other outfielders "in the alley."

The part of the strike zone where a batter has the greatest chance of connecting solidly with the ball is known as the wheelhouse.

A swing and a miss is called a "whiff."

One that the batter tries to hold up to, but still manages to put the ball in play with it. Also known as a "excuse me swing."

When a batter's batting average is below 200, they are considered to be below the Mendoza line. In some circles, this is also referred to as "hitting a buck and change" or as being "on the interstate."

A Texas leaguer, dying quail, duck snort, blooper, or bleeder is a weakly hit ball to the outfield that falls in for a base hit. Other names for this type of play include the Texas leaguer and the dying quail.

A base hit known as a "seeing eye" occurs when the ball hit by the batter bounces multiple times but still manages to get past the infielders.

A solidly hit line drive, also known as "he smoked, tattooed, teed off, ripped, or walloped the ball." Also known as "frozen rope" and "screamer."

Mistake hitters are typically not very good hitters, but they are able to capitalize on pitches that are thrown incorrectly (mistakes)

A batter who does not record a hit during the course of the game is called a collar.

The term "Punch and Judy" refers to a batter who does not make a hard contact with the ball. This type of batter is also known as a "banjo hitter" and hits the ball with a "wet newspaper."

A batter has a hat trick if they strike out three times in the same game, a golden sombrero if they strike out four times, and a platinum derby if they strike out five times.

Base running entails a delayed steal, getting the jump on your opponent, and

Fielder's choice is one of the defensive terms used in baseball. It refers to a play in which the lead runner is out but the fielder also has the opportunity to get an out at another base.

A ball is said to be passed when the catcher fails to make a catch on it.

The term "shade" refers to the movement of the defense away from the "straight up" position, which places the bases at equal distances from each other.

The term "shift" refers to the movement of one or more players to the opposite side of a base than is customary.

Tools are what define a player's ability to play the game, and those skills include hitting, throwing, base running, defense, speed, hitting for power, and throwing arm.

The equipment that the catcher wears is jokingly referred to as "tools of ignorance," which is a sarcastic term.

A very strong arm from a position player, whether it be a gun, Bazooka, cannon, or rifle.

When a base runner is allowed to steal a base without the defense making a play on them, this is known as defensive indifference.

The management of games is the subject of a number of baseball terms.

In the national league, a double switch is when a defensive player takes the field in place of an offensive player so the manager can adjust the batting order. This is done to avoid having the pitcher come to bat.

The term "manufacturing runs" refers to the process of scoring runs without doing much hitting or hitting any "long balls." This can be accomplished through the use of "sacrifice bunts," "hit and runs," "suicide," or "safety squeezes." Another term for this strategy is "small ball."

A frame is typically an inning, but it can also refer to the manner in which the catcher catches the pitch to make it appear as though it was a strike.

Insurance runs are runs scored in the late innings that extend a team's lead.

OPS baseball stat is the combination of a players on base percentage and their slugging percentage.

As can be seen, the sport of baseball has its very own vocabulary. This gives one a great head start on holding one's own when listening to or talking about the game, and while I could go on and on about the many new and old baseball terms that exist, this does give one a great head start.

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About Jack Perconte

After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.

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