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Ace: A team’s best starting pitcher.
Alley: The spaces in the outfield between the right fielder and center fielder (right field alley), or the left fielder and cen terfielder (left field alleys). Alleys are also referred to ‘gaps’
Around The Horn: A double play that goes from third base to second base to first base.
Assist: 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: 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
At Em Ball: A ball hit right at a defensive player.
Backdoor Slider: A pitch that appears to be out of the strike zone, but then breaks back over the plate.
Backstop: Fence or wall behind home plate.
Bag: A base.
Balk: An illegal movement by a pitcher. Balks are called for various reasons, typically if a pitcher, with runners on base, begins his motion towards home plate to throw a pitch and then stops bef . . . View Full Definition
Ball: A pitch which does not enter the strike zone and is not struck at by the batter.
Baltimore Chop: A manner of hitting by chopping the ball into the ground immediately in front of home plate with the design of making the ball ‘hop’ into the air, either high enough to allow the batter to r . . . View Full Definition
Bandbox: A baseball field whose dimensions are small and thus favor the hitter.
Bang-Bang Play: A play in which the baserunner hits the bag a split-second before the ball arrives or vice versa.
Base: 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.
Base Coach: 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: A play in which the batter hits the ball in fair territory and reaches at least first base before being thrown out.
Base Line: 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 . . . View Full Definition
Base On Balls: Also commonly referred to as a ‘walk’. When a batter receives four pitches that are out of the strike zone, he is awarded first base.
Baseball: 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 . . . View Full Definition
Bases Drunk: Bases loaded.
Bases Empty: No runner on the bases.
Bases Loaded: Runners occupy first, second and third base.
Basket Catch: When a fielder catches a ball with his glove near belt level.
Bat: 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 . . . View Full Definition
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