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My goodness what chatter goes on out there on the diamond. Pick up the baseball lingo or jargon and soon you are just one of the team. It can be and would be hard to travel in a foreign country if you don't speak the lingo. Equally true is the same for the enjoyment for the game of baseball if you do not know or understand the language/lingo in common use you are simply bum fuzzled.

Would you not suppose like BaseballLingo-page3 with meanings unique for baseball has the same breed of cat out there on the racing circuit of Nascar among the race drivers and their fans?

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This page Baseballlingo-page3 provides an alphabetical grouping (A-B) of selected unofficial and specialized terms, phrases, and other jargon used in baseball, and their definitions, including illustrative examples for many entries. You get a chance to learn more about baseball by learning the lingo of the game!

A - B G - J K - R S - Z

Lingo Cont'd... Lingo (A-B) Lingo (C-F) Lingo (G-J) Lingo (K-R) Lingo (S-Z) Baseball Lingo Revealed


  • Can of Corn -- An easy catch by a fielder. A ball hit almost directly into the out fielders position popped into the air for a easy play.

    Who would have thought can of corn would be a baseball lingo-page3 reprtable item?

  • Catch: The act of capturing the ball in your hands. A baseball thrown to you or a ball hit in your direction you will catch in your hands either bare handed or with a baseball glove on one hand. The lament of all coaches when training the young players, "Catch that ball using both hands."

  • Catcher: Receiver or hind catcher or backstop or battery mate or whatever but since he is so tough it is best never to call him late to supper.

    The catcher has the most demanding physical job along with the pitcher of any of the defensive baseball players on the diamond.

    You will find the catcher squatting behind home plate just under the swing of the hitters bat. The hitter is standing in the batters box while the catcher is hunkered down in the catchers box.

    From this stooped over squatting position he positions himself to receive the pitchers blazing pitches. All game long he is up and down like a jack-in-the-box taking the throws and throwing them back at his pitcher.

  • Catchers Box: Extending the inboard lines of the batters box to the rear delineates the area the catcher must position himself. Pay attention the next time a team decides to give an intentional walk to a batter.

    The catcher stands up and holds his glove out as a target for the pitcher. When the pitcher releases his pitch the catcher skips outside his box to take the throw.

    The catcher being outside of that catcher’s area prior to the pitch can be called a balk.

    Caught Looking -- When a batter is called out on strikes without taking a swing at the third strike.

    Yes you were caught looking at Baseball Lingo-Page3

    Cellar -- Last place team in the league play. Also "basement." Many times the team which stays in the last place for and extended time we call them "Cellar Dwellers."

  • Change Up: A pitcher is out there firing fire ball after fire ball and a heavy slugger comes to bat with a stick of lumber which looks like a fence post.

    The pitcher flings a whistling fast ball and the big boy catches nothing but swish air. Baseball lingo-page3 has a few of the definitions you might enjoy having a reminder.

    The pitcher should be ashamed because his next pitch barely makes it to the strike zone before dying.

    The slugger swings mightily trying to kill that pebble, but the ball only gets there later. He wrenches his back and has to take a breather.

    Folks that is one wicked trick on the hitter this change up pitch.

    Before Baseball Lingo-page3 some were under the impression a Change Up was something which happened when the weather changed.

  • Cheese"Good cheese." Refers to a good fastball.
  • Chin Music -- A pitch that is high and inside.
  • Circus Catch -- An outstanding catch by a fielder.It usually ends up in a tumbling tumble sault but here it ended up on Baseball Lingo-page3.

  • Choke Up: This phrase has a double meaning (1) it can refer to how a batter holds his bat i.e. move his hands up the bat away from the knob end of the bat and closer to the sweet spot on his bat.

    (2) It can mean a player has failed to execute a simple play and it cost his team a run or other consequences when the play should have been routine.

    Our most common use of the term choke up is to move those hands up and grip the bat so as to have better control of that piece of lumber we are swinging.

    The little toddler taught early on the act for choking up on the bat handle will pay him huge dividends in the future for being able to hit that ball better with his much better bat control.

  • As you can see by the baseball lingo-page3 many of our terms have dual meaning and it is the circumstances by which one the meanings might apply.

  • Circuit Blow: Home run. Would you like to hear some of the othe describing calls far the home run? Well! there is round tripper, going yard, fence clearing, four bagger,homer,and you might add some more.

  • Closed Stance: A hitter sets his back foot in the batters box further from home plate than his front foot. The front foot nearer the plate causes the batter to twist his upper body and sees the pitcher from more of an over the shoulder peek.

    Normally this batting stance is employed to provide the hitter with slightly better odds to hit the ball to the opposite field.

  • Closer: A pitcher the manager brings in late in the ball game to finish up the game. Normally a really good closing pitcher will not pitch until the last two or the last inning to close out the game.
  • No Baseball Lingo-page3 would not tell you it was something put on a door to make it close.

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  • Cup: The catcher's position is the most vulnerable player for serious injury. You may have noticed he is well outfitted for protection i.e. He wears a Mask, Chest Protector, Shin Guards and A Protective Cup

    A Cup Yes his jock strap is designed to hold a hard plastic cup that is designed to protect his vitals. A tipped ball might ruin a young boy’s future production of offspring.

  • Cupped Bat: A cupped bat has some of the wood removed from the very end of the bat. The concave hollowed out very end of the bat barrel takes some of the weight out, which allows the bat barrel to have a slight increase in size. Notice the bats used now by the major league players, most of the bats in use today, are cup designed.
  • Curve Ball: When a pitcher releases that ball and snaps his wrist thus making the ball leave his fingers spinning, it has the capability to change its course of flight.

    Like here at baseball lingo-page3 or anywhere on baseballfarming website, all straight at you, where no curves should be tossed.

    The art and skill of a pitcher to make the ball curve is a gift.

    You have I'm sure, heard the saying, "He is a gifted athlete". When it is applied to a baseball pitcher, it is an absolute truism.

    A baseball thrown with high velocity has a tendency to travel pretty straight and true you do not have to have baseball lingo-page3 tell you this is true.

    If you can impart a significant twist or spin when the ball when it leaves your hand or fingers, it will by the law of physics and wind flowing over and around the ball, cause it to veer away from its straight line flight.

    This veer or hooking effect we call a curve ball. Where and when it decides to take that deviation or break from its straight flight is really unpredictable.

    How do you hold the ball? How do you add that twist or spin? Better men than I have tried their hand at explaining and trying to demonstrate this how to.

    I will tell you there are people who will argue that the ball does not curve but that it is an optical illusion.

    Well! Lottie Da-Da, there have been many good ball players not make the big show because they could not hit that optical illusion.

    Who would have guessed Baseball Lingo-page3 would be talking about optical illusions?

    A pitcher, who can throw that sharp breaking curve with precision control i.e. sticking it through that 17"x34" window, called the strike zone, will hear a lot of that Ka Ching! His paydays will be all green.

  • Cutter -- A cut fastball (one with a late break to it).

  • Cycle -- When a batter hits a single, double, triple and home run in the same game

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  • Deep in the Hole: a ball hit on the ground between the shortstop and the third baseman and fielded back near the grass of the outfield.
  • Baseball Lingo-page3 talking a about deep in the Hole that is a deep subject WELL.

    Shortstops or the players who play the short stop position are graded by the baseball scouts as to how well they can travel deep into the hole, corral the ball and make that long throw over to first with plenty of zip on it, and get out those fleet footed runners.

    Designated Hitter: The rules now allow for a designated hitter to be in the lineup to bat instead of the pitcher having to hit. The player on the roster thought to be the clutch and or power hitter is normally the manager’s choice.

    Ironically, we have one of the all time greats The Sultan of Swat, The Babe, the greatest of the baseball long ball smashers who started his career as a pitcher.

    Who would we designate to hit in his spot if he were pitching?

    Babe Ruth (aka "The Bambino") would turn in his spikes before giving up his turn at bat.

    Dig It Out: Run hard to reach first base safely. It may also be used in referring to a hard hit drive that stays on the ground and the infielder must stay low and keep that glove in the dirt.

    Here again is one of those dual menaing uses of a term often a coach will yell to a runner dig-it-out menaing lower that head and run with all your might to beat that infielders throw to the first base man.

  • Drag Bunt: a special hitters art and skill designed to smartly get on base by surprising the opposing defenders.
  • Baseball Lingo-page3 brings you the attributes of the drag bunt artist who is smarter than a fifth grader.

  • Dinger -- A home run.
  • Dish -- Home plate.
  • Double Play: making two outs from one hit ball. Normally is executed by an infielder fielding a ground ball rifling it to second base and then the ball being relayed on to first base to complete the twin killing.
  • Double play and twin killing sounds like a motion picture murder case but Baseball Lingo-page3 is not into the movie mysteries.

  • Dugout: The players not actively in the playing lineup must stay on the bench (or dugout). The dugout is provided for the home team on the first base side of the diamond.

    Before Baseball Lingo-page3 told me differently I would have guessed a dugout was a canoe cut from a log in the days when Indians owned the free lands.

    The third base side of the diamond is the dugout for the visitors.


  • Error: A defensive player has an opportunity to catch a hit fly ball or a grounder hit into his area of play but he muffs or mishandles the ball and the hitter is able to get onto base safely then the defensive player is charged with what is known as an error.

    An error can occur in many diferrent fashions such as failure to field the ball with a chance to throw the hitter or runner out. Trying to catch a fly ball and letting it pop out of his glove and hit the ground. Even throwing the ball wildly after fielding it cleanly but the errant throw allows the hitter or runner to reach his base safely.

  • Extra Inning: A regulation played game depended upon the level of play Is normally played for six (6) innings, seven (7) innings or nine (9) innings. At the end of the regulation game if the game score is tied we play what is called an extra inning. Extra innings are played until one team scores more runs than the other team at the end of an inning.

    The team ahead at the end of the extra inning being played is the winner. The winning team jumps for joy and the losing team silently heads to the ball park exit or the showers.


  • Fielder's Choice: The fielder or defending infield players in many situations with runners on base have a choice to make the put out of the runners or the hitter.

    There must be a runner or runners on base for the infielder to be able to have a choice of what or how to make the put out.

    Many combinations are available with a runner on first and second base ready to advance. Here is only one of many of his choices. Say a ground ball is hit to any of the defending infield players. Throw to first base for an easy out of the hitter.

    Throw to third base to getting the force out of the lead runner. Throw to second base to force out the runner coming from first base. This also could trigger the starting end of a double play by forcing out the runner from first and the relay throw on to first base for the put out of the hitter.

    Combinations of a fielders choice is many many and your understanding of the almost endless ways to take a fielders choice will become much more clear with your experience of playing the game over and over.

    How could all this be so? Good buddy Baseball Lingo-page3 told you it was so.

    First and Third Base Coaches Box: The white lime marked area in foul territory down the line of first base and third base is the designated area for the base runner coaches. The next ballgame pays attention and sees where the coaches actually stand.

    Maybe they are being defiant or maybe they think it is something cute but invariably they will be just outside the marked out area. This again could be called a balk. Such a call would not be called without first a warning call.

  • This thing about the coaches not staying within the designated area, is a pet peeve of mine, and Baseball Lingo-page3 set the stage for me to vent my feelings.

  • First Base: Down the right side of the diamond is our first base. It is down the right foul line exactly 90 feet from home plate. Incidentally, it is also exactly 90 feet away from second base or the keystone.
  • Foul Pole: There is a well marked pole on the foul line in both left field and right field at the outfield fence. These poles assist the umpire in his call of a fly ball traveling past these poles.

    Inside the pole and inside the white lines of the playing field is a fair ball outside the pole or white lines is a foul ball.

    Baseball Lingo-page3 research could find no rhyme nor reason why the pole is called foul?

  • Foul Tip: A batter swings at a pitch but only barely hits the ball (called a tip) and the ball continues past the hitter and the catcher rearward toward the backstop or screen.
  • When a batter hits foul ball after foul ball on our grammar school playgroung we would razz the batter claiming he had been in somebodys hen house.

  • Free Agent: When a professional baseball player reaches the end of his current contract he is declared a free agent to sign with another club.

No Ladies, a Change Up was not a change of clothes. It is the change in speed of a pitched ball. It is neither the change in the weather. Keep your eye on that ball as it comes a whizzing or slows down with a Change Up; just like Baseball Lingo-page3 said it was.

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