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ACE  look up translate image
A team's best starting pitcher.
ALLEY  look up translate image
The section of the outfield between the outfielders. Also called gap.
AROUND THE HORN  look up translate image
A double play going from third base to second base to first base.
ASSIST  look up translate image
Help from a fielder in putting an offensive player out. A fielder is credited with an assist when he throws a baserunner or hitter out at a base.
AT BAT  look up translate image
The offensive team's turn to bat the ball and score. Each player takes a turn at bat until three outs are made. Each Batter's opportunity at the plate is scored as an "at bat" for him
BACKDOOR SLIDER  look up translate image
A pitch that appears to be out of the strike zone, but then breaks over the plate.
BACKSTOP  look up translate image
Fence or wall behind home plate.
BAG  look up translate image
A base.
BALK  look up translate image
An illegal motion by the pitcher with one or more runners on base, entitling all runners to advance one base. A balk can be one of a number of movements related to the pitching motion but the intention is to catch the runners off balance.
BALK (CALL OF UMPIRE)  look up translate image
Penalty for an illegal movement by the pitcher. The rule is designed to prevent pitchers from deliberately deceiving the runners. If called, baserunners advance one base.
BALL  look up translate image
A pitch which does not enter the strike zone and is not struck at by the batter.
BALL(CALL OF UMPIRE)  look up translate image
A pitch outside the strike zone.
BALTIMORE CHOP  look up translate image
A ground ball that hits in front of home plate (or off of it) and takes a large hop over the infielder's head.
BASE  look up translate image
The four points of the baseball diamond (first through third bases and home plate) that must be touched by a runner in order to score a run. One of four stations to be reached in turn by the runner.
BASE COACH  look up translate image
A coach who stands by first or third base. The base coaches instruct the batter and base runners with a series of hand signals.
BASE HIT  look up translate image
A play in which the batter hits the ball in fair territory and reaches at least first base before being thrown out.
BASE LINE  look up translate image
The white chalk lines that extend from home plate through first and third base to the outfield and up the foul poles, inside which a batted ball is in fair territory and outside of which it is in foul territory.
BASE ON BALLS (WALK)  look up translate image
Four balls and the hitter advances to first base.
BASEBALL  look up translate image
The baseball's core is made of rubber and cork. Yarn is wound around the rubber and cork centre. Then 2 strips of white cowhide are sewn around the ball. Official baseballs must weigh 5 to 5 1/4 ounces and be 9 to 9 1/4 inches around.
BASES EMPTY  look up translate image
No runner on the bases.
BASES LOADED  look up translate image
Runners at each base.
BAT  look up translate image
Instrument used by the hitter while batting. In the ABL bats made of aluminium or wood. The bat must be no longer than 42 inches and no wider then 2 3/4 inches. Players are allowed to cover the first 8 inches of the bat's handle so they can grip it better.
BATTER  look up translate image
The offensive player who is currently positioned in the batter's box. An offensive player who takes his position in the batter's box.
BATTER'S BOX  look up translate image
Either of the areas next to home plate where the batter stands during his time at bat.
BATTER'S BOX  look up translate image
An area marked by white chalk lines on the left and right side of home plate in which a player must stand while batting.
BATTERY  look up translate image
Term referring to the pitcher and catcher combination.
BATTING ORDER  look up translate image
The offensive line-up of a team that lists the player will bat. The batting order is given to the umpire before each game.
BOTTOM  look up translate image
The second half of an inning.
BOX SCORE  look up translate image
The progression of the game as written in a series of boxes indicating hits, runs, errors and player substitutions of each inning played.
BREAKING BALL  look up translate image
An off-speed pitch that curves.
BRONX CHEER  look up translate image
When the crowd boos.
BRUSHBACK  look up translate image
A pitch that nearly hits the batter.
BULLPEN  look up translate image
Area designated for pitchers to warm-up. Generally consists of two mounds and two home plates.
BUNT  look up translate image
A legally batted ball, not swung at but intentionally met with the bat and tapped within the infield. Short hit that is executed by letting the ball hit the bat (not swinging). Used to surprise the fielders or to advance a runner.
CALLED GAME  look up translate image
A game suspended or ended by the umpire.
CAN OF CORN  look up translate image
An easy catch by the fielder.
CATCH  look up translate image
The act of a fielder in getting secure possession in his hand or glove of a ball in flight and firmly holding it.
CATCHER  look up translate image
The defensive player whose position is directly behind home plate. Player positioned behind home plate and responsible for receiving the pitch from the pitcher. Player positioned behind home plate and responsible for receiving the pitch from the pitcher.
CATCHER'S BOX  look up translate image
Area behind home plate in which the catcher must stand until the pitcher delivers the ball.
CAUGHT LOOKING  look up translate image
When a batter is called out on strikes.
CELLAR  look up translate image
A team in last place.
CHANGE UP  look up translate image
A slow-pitch thrown with the exact arm action as a fastball, designed to disrupt the timing of the hitter.
CHECKED SWING  look up translate image
A partial swing. If the swing has gone more than halfway around, the umpire can rule it a full swing, or strike.
CHEESE  look up translate image
A good fastball.
CHIN MUSIC  look up translate image
A pitch that is high and inside.
CHOKE-UP  look up translate image
Gripping the bat up on the handle away from the knob of the bat.
CIRCUS CATCH  look up translate image
An outstanding catch by a fielder.
CLEAN-UP HITTER  look up translate image
Player who hits fourth in the batting order.
CLOSER  look up translate image
Relief pitcher who specialises in pitching the last few outs of a game. General used to hold a lead in the late innings of a game.
COMPLETE GAME  look up translate image
Statistical credit to a starting pitcher for pitching the entire game.
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