Unless you are completely new to baseball, or even sports in general, you know some of the basics when it comes to baseball lingo. Home run, doubles, singles, etc… But it doesn’t stop there.
Here are some other terminologies that you should probably know:
Grand Slam - Hitting a home run when the bases are load (there are men on all the bases)
Hitting for the cycle - When a player hits a single, double, triple and a home run in the same game
Bunt - When a player softly taps the ball into play. The bunt can be used to simply get on base or to advance a runner to another base.
Sacrifice - Can be either a bunt or a fly ball. A sacrifice bunt is when a player bunts the ball and is thrown out, but advances the runner. A sacrifice fly is when the batter hits a fly ball to the outfield and the runner on third is able to score after the ball is caught.
Suicide Squeeze - The player at bat bunts the ball into play and at the same time, the player on third runs home while the pitch is being thrown. If not executed correctly (the batter misses the ball or doesn’t bunt the ball correctly), the runner will definitely be called out.
Hit and Run - Executed when there is a player on base (usually on first) with the intent to advance the runner to another base and avoiding a double play (when the team on the field gets 2 outs on a single ball in play). The player on base starts running with the pitch is thrown. The player at bat is supposed to make contact with the ball. If executed correctly, the play will advance the runner to the next base.
Golden Sombrero - When someone strikes out 4 times in a game
Walk-Off - When someone gets a hit or walk that scores the winning run in a game in the bottom of the 9th (or the bottom of the inning if the game is in extra innings). Usually associated with a walk off home run, but often used with any play that results in the winning run that ends a game.
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