“What Did He Say?” – A Texas Rangers Fan’s Quick Guide to Baseball Jargon

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chop: 1. v. To swing directly down toward the ground as the bat advances forward, a move that often results in a grounder. 2. n. The motion of swinging down on the ball.

chopper: A batted ball hit with a chopped stroke. Also used with High Chopper: A batted ball that bounced high.

corners: First base or third base.

Colby Lewis gets the out stranding runners on the corners:

crooked number: Any number greater than 1 and less than 10, in reference to the lack of straight lines for numerals 2 through 9. A high-scoring game is one with crooked numbers. A 1-0 game is one in which neither team was able to post a crooked number.

curve: 1. v. To pitch a curveball 2. n. The course of a curveball.

curveball: A pitch that is thrown with a forceful, downward spin and snap of the wrist, causing it to drop or break and veer to the side as it nears home plate.

cutter (Cut Fastball):  A “tame” variation of the slider, thrown with one’s top two fingers held slightly off to the side and the wrist given a flick (as if one were cutting cheese) instead of a complete turn.

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