In baseball, a backwards “K” (ꓘ) indicates a batter struck out looking. Regardless of how the batter received the first two strikes, the play will be marked as a backwards “K” if their last strike was called without the batter making an attempt to swing.
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).
SportsLingo Goes The Extra-Inch With The Meaning Of Backwards K (Strikeout) 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.
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.
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”.
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.
A hit occurs when a batter strikes the baseball into fair territory and reaches base without doing so via an error or a fielder’s choice.
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.
ʞ (upper case Ʞ) (obsolete) The letter turned k, formed from a k turned upside down, a phonetic symbol representing a voiceless uvular stop ([q]) quotations ▼
Further variants include an inverted K (ꓘ), which is not used in any language. This article contains phonetic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
Seventy years ago on this date, he pitched one of the more ridiculous games in organized baseball history. The Pirates Minor Leaguer, at just 19 years old, struck out 27 batters, while giving up no hits, in a regulation nine innings. It’s the only time that’s ever been done at the professional level.
Horn A mythical award given to a batter who strikes out six times in a game… ETYMOLOGY. The eponymous term was coined by Mike Flanagan to “honor” Baltimore Orioles slugger Sam Horn, who was the first nonpitcher to accomplish the feat in a game against the Brewers on July 17, 1991.
One such rarity is the immaculate inning. You’ve probably heard of it – an immaculate inning is when a pitcher strikes out all three batters in an inning, on three pitches each. The immaculate inning used to be very rare – there were none from 1929-52. But in 2019, there have been seven.
At the time, only every third “unfair pitch” was called a ball, meaning that a batter could only walk after nine pitches out of the strike zone. As time went on, the rule was dropped to eight balls, then seven, and so-on until four balls were settled on by the league in 1889.
A hat trick is a baseball term that you dread hearing. Like its hockey counterpart, the term involves the number three; that’s where the similarities end. Three goals make up a hat trick in hockey. Three strikeouts by the same hitter make up a hat trick in baseball.
Answer: Yes, the batter is out. A fielder can put out a runner by tagging a base with an empty glove. Tagging the base with the glove on your hand is not much different from tagging the base with the shoe on your foot.
Caruso set a record that might never be broken: he made all three outs in the inning, against three New Jersey pitchers. Caruso led off the inning by grounding out to third.
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).
AAA. “Triple-A” is the highest level of minor league baseball. As of 2022, this level includes the International League and the Pacific Coast League.
Pitcher. A baseball position that is the player that pitches the ball to the catcher from the mound; often seen on baseball rosters, score cards, and fantasy baseball leagues; can also appear as SP and RP which represent the type of pitcher.
FA = fastball. FF = four-seam fastball. FT = two-seam fastball.
H/9 represents the average number of hits a pitcher allows per nine innings pitched. It is determined by dividing a pitcher’s hits allowed by his innings pitched and multiplying that by nine. It’s a very useful tool for evaluating pitchers, whose goal is to prevent runs, which are usually scored by hits.
Located in Seoul, the LG Twins joined the Korea Baseball Organization in 1990 when they replaced the MBC Blue Dragons. LG stands for Lucky Goldstar, the team’s parent company. The Twins won the title in their first season and repeated as champions in 1994.
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.