A “K” is used to refer to a strikeout in baseball because the letter “S” was already used to score a sacrifice. So Henry Chadwick, the inventor of the box score, began using the letter “K” in the 1860s because it is the last letter of “struck”, which was the common term for a strikeout at the time.
A backward K represents the umpire’s third strike call against the hitter. This backward K means that the final strike against the hitter fooled them into not swinging. Since it looks strange on a baseball scorekeeping card, it stands out, which helps shine more light on that strikeout by the pitcher.
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 flyout to left field would listed as F7. A lineout to center field might be L8, or F8 with a straight line above the F and the 8 to indicate a line drive.
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. Alternate names for this accomplishment are titanium sombrero or double platinum sombrero.
A five-strikeout inning has never happened in the majors. Multiple pitchers have struck out four in one inning, including earlier this season when Los Angeles Angels pitcher Luke Bard did it in the 14th inning against the New York Yankees.
A batter could carry his bat to first base (why he would want to slow himself down is the real mystery) and would probably not be declared out for carrying it, unless the umpire felt the bat had somehow interfered with a fielder.
Can of corn is one of the more mysterious baseball phrases, with numerous theories behind its origin. One is that it comes from the action of grocery clerks using a stick to tip a can off a high shelf and then catch it (as to hand to a customer). In extended use, the phrase can refer to something easily accomplished.
Strikeout Rate (K%)
Strikeout rate represents the frequency with which a pitcher strikes out hitters, as determined by total strikeouts divided by total batters faced.
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.
For starting pitchers the top and bottom 20th percentile are a K/9 above 7.56 and below 4.89. Relievers top and bottom 20th percentiles are a K/9 above 8.94 and below 5.54. Variations: Some people prefer to use strikeouts per batter faced (K% or K/G) to express a player’s ability to strike batters out.
A foul tip is always a strike; and, unlike a foul ball, a foul tip can result in strike three. A foul tip is a live ball. Runners can advance (steal) at their peril. If the catcher does not catch the ball, then it’s a foul ball (dead ball).
Let’s go to the data!- Strikeout - 22.8% frequency. Strikeout is by far the most common way to get an out.
Center fielder (unassisted) - 10.2% frequency.
Second baseman to first baseman - 8% frequency.
Shortstop to first baseman - 7.9% frequency.
Right fielder (unassisted) - 7.8% frequency.
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.
Batting - Batting Quality
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Completely unofficial and no record books have ever been kept. The following pitchers had no problem with their pitch count, at least for one inning, as they started the inning, threw exactly three pitches and recorded three outs.
Fifty-nine different players have hit two home runs in an inning of a Major League Baseball (MLB) game to date, the most recent being Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees on September 21, 2022.
In an extra-inning game, the record is six strikeouts, shared by Cecil Cooper (in 15 innings) and Don Hoak (in 17 innings); but it’s worth noting that no one fanned six times in fewer innings (13) than Toronto’s Alex Gonzalez in 1998.
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.
Belt’s 21-pitch at-bat is the longest on record since 1988, as far back as the data is available, but his regular-season feat was surpassed in a Spring Training game by the Mets’ Luis Guillorme.
Germán Márquez 62-pitch complete game.
A perfect game, by definition, is also a no-hitter, a win, and a shutout. A fielding error that does not allow a batter to reach base, such as a misplayed foul ball, does not spoil a perfect game.
A grand slam is a home run hit with all three bases occupied by baserunners (“bases loaded”), thereby scoring four runs—the most possible in one play. A walk-off home run with the bases loaded is therefore known as a walk-off grand slam.