Tape-measure blast: An extremely long home run. Tater: A home run. Texas leaguer: A bloop hit that drops between an infielder and outfielder. Three-bagger: A triple.
Sabermetrics is the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball records.”
cheese. A fastball, particularly one that is difficult to hit. A fastball high in the strike zone is also called high cheese, and one low in the zone can be called cheese at the knees. ‘Easy Cheese’ refers to the seemingly effortless motion of a pitcher as he throws a fastball at very high velocity.
In modern American baseball, some batting positions have nicknames: “leadoff” for first, “cleanup” for fourth, and “last” for ninth. Others are known by the ordinal numbers or the term #-hole (3rd place hitter would be 3-hole).
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For pitchers, wins, ERA, and strikeouts are the most often cited traditional statistics. A pitcher that manages to lead the league in these statistics is also referred to as a “Triple Crown” winner. Some sabermetric statistics have entered the mainstream baseball world.
Since the beginning of baseball, one stat has reigned supreme over all others: the batting average. Simply put, the best hitters are always considered to be those who possess the highest.
A player is awarded a run if he crosses the plate to score his team a run. When tallying runs scored, the way in which a player reached base is not considered. If a player reaches base by an error or a fielder’s choice, as long as he comes around to score, he is still credited with a run.
Definition. Slugging percentage represents the total number of bases a player records per at-bat. Unlike on-base percentage, slugging percentage deals only with hits and does not include walks and hit-by-pitches in its equation. Slugging percentage differs from batting average in that all hits are not valued equally.
The top-10 all-time OBP leaders in MLB are as follows:- Ted Williams (. 482)
Babe Ruth (. 473)
John McGraw (. 466)
Billy Hamilton (. 455)
Lou Gehrig (. 447)
Barry Bonds (. 444)
Bill Joyce (. 435)
Rogers Hornsby (. 434)
whiff rate: a term, usually used in reference to pitchers, that divides the number of pitches swung at and missed by the total number of swings in a given sample. If a pitcher throws 100 pitches at which batters swing, and the batters fail to make contact on 26 of them, the pitcher’s whiff rate is 26%.
One of the early nicknames of the curveball was Uncle Charlie, or sometimes, Lord Charles. This was derived from the name of Harvard President Charles Elliot, who was opposed to the adoption of the curveball and considered it to be cheating.
Origin. When 19th-century clerks at groceries and general stores were looking for an easier way to reach canned goods on high shelves, they started using long, hooked sticks to pull them down. After dropping the cans toward them, they would catch them in their aprons – just like a fly ball.
three up, three down (uncountable) (baseball) The recording of three outs in an inning without allowing a batter to reach first base.
When someone says “she hit the ball through the 5 hole or the 5-6 hole”, it means the batter successfully hit the ball and it flew towards the direction of the third baseman and the shortstop, in the area that lies between the two positions.
1 is that batting second allows for more runners on base. It’s kind of a best-of-both-worlds solution relative to the leadoff and cleanup spots, adding more plate appearances but also leaving some RBI chances.
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300 or higher is considered very good in the Major Leagues. For the batting average, it doesn’t matter if a hit is a single or a home run, it still just counts as a single hit. The record for the highest career batting average is held by Ty Cobb with a . 367 career batting average.
Pitch count (PC) and Strikes (ST)
This number is exclusive to box scores, but offers some insight into how well an individual game went for a pitcher. Pitch count is how many total pitches were thrown by a pitcher, while strikes counts how many of each of those pitches were called a strike by the home plate umpire.
BABIP is the most commonly used advanced statistic in baseball. Simply, it measures a player’s batting average on all non-home run balls they put in play. BABIP is commonly used as a “luck” statistic.
PS: Pitches seen. PS/PA: Pitches seen per plate appearance. 6+: Plate appearances with 6+ pitches.
On Base Percentage (aka OBP, On Base Average, OBA) is a measure of how often a batter reaches base. It is approximately equal to Times on Base/Plate appearances. The full formula is OBP = (Hits + Walks + Hit by Pitch) / (At Bats + Walks + Hit by Pitch + Sacrifice Flies).
360 is considered to be above average. If a player’s OBP hits . 370 or higher, it puts them among the top players in the league for this statistic.
Outfielder Ty Cobb, whose career ended in 1928, has the highest batting average in Major League Baseball (MLB) history. He batted . 366 over 24 seasons, mostly with the Detroit Tigers. In addition, he won a record 11 batting titles for leading the American League in BA over the course of an entire season.