In baseball scorekeeping, a swinging strikeout is recorded as a K, or a K-S. A strikeout looking (where the batter does not swing at a pitch that the umpire then calls strike three) is often scored with a backwards K (ꓘ), and sometimes as a K-L, CK, or Kc (the ‘c’ for ‘called’ strike).
Conclusion: What Does the K Mean in Baseball
The forward K represents a swinging strikeout, while a backward K represents the batter got out via looking at a third strike. Today, you will see fans cheer on their home pitcher by placing K’s around the stadium.
Catchers typically throw the ball to third base after a strikeout to keep fielders in the game. This is called throwing “around the horn.” Although it may not seem like it, throwing the ball to third post strikeout is beneficial for a lot of the players involved.
The backward K in baseball means that the batter struck out without swinging at the third strike. The backward K is used in the scorebook to keep track of players striking out without swinging.
Chadwick used S for sacrifice and chose K for strikeout. He did so because K is the prominent letter of the word “strike,” which was used more frequently than strikeout. Some scorers use a forward K for a swinging strikeout, a backward K for a batter caught looking.
Strikeout to walk ratio helps us find those pitchers. Over the last three years, the average strikeout to walk ratio for a starting pitcher is 2.8, meaning pitchers on average strikeout 2.8 hitters for every one they walk.
A very good K:BB is 4.00 or higher, something that just 14 of 96 pitchers with a minimum of 150 IP met in 2013, including both Cy Young winners. Generally a ratio around 2.75 is what I consider good while anything under 2.00 would be a sign of concern.
1 K. 1.1 K. 1.2 keep off the boards. 1.3 keep the hitter honest. 1.4 keep the line moving.
Outs are generally recorded via a strikeout, a groundout, a popout or a flyout, but MLB’s official rulebook chronicles other ways – including interfering with a fielder – by which an offensive player can be put out.
The golden sombrero comes from hockey’s hat trick, three goals in a game. Thus a batter who strikes out three times in a game is said to wear the “sombrero”.
In baseball, striking out the side refers to when a pitcher strikes out all the batters he faces in the defensive half-inning in which he pitches. There is no official statistic in regard to this accomplishment, though it is often noted by commentators and fans when it occurs.
If the next batter hits a ball to the center fielder who catches it on the fly for the second out, it would be noted as F8, with F for flyout and 8 for the center fielder. (In some systems, the letter ‘F’ is reserved for foul outs.
The general consensus is that the first baseman is skipped when throwing around the horn after a strikeout because they are rarely tasked with throwing the ball, so such an exercise to keep infielders’ arms warm is deemed unnecessary.
The “Olympic Rings” or platinum sombrero applies to a player striking out five times in a game. A horn refers to a player striking out six times in a game; the term was coined by pitcher Mike Flanagan after teammate Sam Horn of the Baltimore Orioles accomplished the feat in an extra-inning game in 1991.
Catchers paint their finger nails (or color them in other ways) so that their fingers are more easily visible to the pitchers on their team. Before each pitch, the catcher and pitcher need to communicate about what pitch to throw and where to throw it.
During the 1980s, New York Mets fans started the tradition of placing signs with the letter K, and also a backwards K to help keep track of Dwight Gooden’s strikeouts during a game. Today during many games that feature a power pitcher, fans still post the strikeout signs.
A number other than a zero or a one, referring to the appearance of the actual number. A team which is able to score two or more runs in an inning is said to “hang a crooked number” on the scoreboard or on the pitcher.
K means “Okay” and “Kids.” The abbreviation K is typically used as a way of shortening the abbreviation “OK” (meaning “Okay”) still further. As with “Okay,” the use of K indicates acceptance, agreement, approval, or acknowledgment. However, it may sometimes be interpreted as lacking enthusiasm.
When a pitcher strikes out a batter without the batter swinging, a backwards K is displayed. SO can also be used to refer to the number of strikeouts by a pitcher or batter. Nolan Ryan is the all-time leader for strikeouts by a pitcher with 5,714. K may also be used as a verb, meaning “to strike out.”
K comes from the Greek word kilo which means a thousand. The Greeks would likewise show million as M, short for Mega. So if we stay consistent with the Greek abbreviations, then billion would be shown as a letter G (Giga).
An illegal pitch may be quick pitch (i.e. a pitch made before the batter is properly set in the batter’s box), a pitch made while the pitcher is not in contact with the pitching rubber, or one in which he takes an extra step while making his delivery.
In 1987, Joey Meyer, playing for the Triple-A Denver Zephyrs, launched this ball an astonishing 582 FEET!