Baseball Lingo and Terminology
What are some common phrases used in baseball and what do they each mean? We'll start by learning about the terminology most commonly used by players and announcers.
Dish: Another term for home plate.
Moon shot: Describes an exceptionally long home run.
Sweet Spot: Describes the thick, center portion of the bat that tends to result in big hits when it contacts the ball.
Table Setter: The first batter in a team's lineup, tasked with getting on base so that the following hitters can score runs.
Wheelhouse: Describes a pitch that is easy for the batter to make contact with, crossing the middle of the plate about waist-high
Meatball: Also used to describe a poor pitch that is easy for the batter to hit.
Rope: A hard-hit line drive in which the ball comes off the bat extremely quickly at head-level.
In-the-hole: Refers to the batter that is scheduled to bat after the on-deck hitter (hitter that will come to the plate following the current hitter).
Can of Corn: A ball that is hit in the air and relatively easy for the fielder to catch.
Circus Catch: A very difficult catch that requires extra effort from the fielder, often a dive or slide.
Flashing Leather: When a fielder completes a very difficult defensive play using his glove.
Hill: Used to describe the pitcher's mound, otherwise known as the rubber portion that the pitcher throws the ball from.
Chin Music: A pitch that is high and inside, nearly hitting the batter in the face.
Southpaw: a pitcher who is left-handed.
Heater: A pitch that is accurate and possesses exceptional speed.
Closer: The pitcher who often enters the game in the ninth and final inning to preserve a small lead.
Painting the black: When a pitcher throws a perfect pitch that just barely touches the strike zone.