A baseball that has been hit to the ground. Also known as a "grounder" Hack: A powerful swipe at the ball. Sometimes referred to as a "Daddy Hack," Hard 90: sprinting to first base from the batter's box. There are 90 feet between each base. If you don't get there in time, you're out.
The term "groundball pitcher" was coined by John McGraw of the New York Giants when he noticed that his team's pitchers were not giving up many home runs. The term became popular among other Major League Baseball teams and remains common today.
John McGraw is considered one of the most successful managers in MLB history. He managed five National League pennant-winning teams during the late 1880s and early 1890s, including four consecutive from 1888 to 1891, and led the Giants to the top spot in both 1889 and 1890. After his retirement as a player/manager in 1897, he continued to work for the Giants as a coach until he died in 1910 at the age of 70. Today, several stadiums across America are named after him including John McGraw Memorial Park in Rockville, Maryland.
McGraw is also famous for introducing the idea of the "pitchout" into baseball. This is where the catcher will signal the pitcher if he wants him to give up a certain type of pitch.
To hit a ground ball that results in a "out" in baseball (as by an opposing player fielding the ball and throwing to or tagging first base). If you hit a grounder to first, you'll almost certainly ground out. Farlex Idiom Dictionary Farlex, Inc. reserves all rights.
When a ground ball lands outside the baseline without being touched, it is referred to as a ________ ball. Foul A sacrifice fly is when a hitter hits a fly ball that causes the batter to be thrown out, allowing the runner on third base to tag up and score. Batter's interference A pass ball occurs when a pitcher throws at or takes his eye off of a batter for more than half a second during an at-bat. It is called a pass ball because it allows another pitch from the pitcher. Forced Out An infielder can force out any runner by tagging him out. This can happen if the baserunner tries to go around one of them or if he fails and gets tagged out. He is said to have been forced out.
In football, a forward pass is a direct pass from the quarterback to a receiver who is beyond the line of scrimmage. The term "forward pass" comes from the fact that it was once illegal for a quarterback to hand the ball to a receiver while behind the line of scrimmage. Today, it is legal for a quarterback to throw forward if he has enough time before he is hit by defensive players. When a quarterback does not have enough time, they are usually penalized for a quick out.
In basketball, a charge is taken when a player with a ballhorn touches it while running with it toward the basket.
In baseball, a ground out is a way of striking out a batter. On a ground out, a batter (either leadoff man or cleanup hitter) will typically either advance no base or return to the home plate area if the ball is caught cleanly by a fielder. If the batter fails to touch the ball with any part of his body other than his hand or arm, then he has been deemed to have grounded into base out. A ground out does not need to be hard hit; sometimes a batter will grind out an easy out by making weak contact near the pitcher's mound.
The term "ground out" comes from the fact that when a batter grounds out, he is on all fours like a dog, because that's how you spell "out."
This strikeout technique was invented in the 19th century. It was probably inspired by the knuckleball pitch, which is still used today in some leagues.
During this era, there were many more hits than games finished off due to strikes. So batters learned how to make weak contact near the pitcher's mound in order to get walks and force runners over to second base or third base.
A baseball that has been launched into the air. Also known as a "pop fly." A foul ball is a baseball hit outside of the field of play. A hard-hitting line drive on frozen rope will often travel far beyond the fence and be caught by someone in the stands.
The term "high-hit ball" refers to one that is likely to be fair for an ordinary player but can be retrieved by a fan in the stands. Such balls are said to have been "launched into the air" because they were once pitched at very high speeds by powerful pitchers, which allowed them to be lifted clear out of the yard even though most of them would land inside the park. Now that more teams play in parks that are not built for the sport, the speed at which balls are being hit has declined dramatically, so there are now fewer high-hit balls than there used to be.
Fair balls are those that land within the park area or between the lines but do not go over the fence. They are thrown from the pitcher's mound to home plate. Balls that land beyond the park area are called exotics. Those that are trapped between the stands and the outfield wall are called "outdoor" balls. There are two types of exotics: one type is found behind the backstop and the other is found in the center-field bleachers.
Any ball hit that results in the hitter safely reaching base without an error or fielder's choice on the play. The two baselines that run from home plate to first and third base. A batter is awarded a base on balls when he reaches first base safely by way of a hit or walk.
A base hit does not have to be a hard-hit ball. It can be anything that gets past the infielder for any reason. So long as it is not an error or fielder's choice, it is considered a base hit.
A fly ball is defined as a ball that is struck high into the air and goes deep into the outfield. Force out: A defensive play in which the ball is hit fair and the runner is thrown out on the base where they must reach to advance.
The type of force out depends on how far the batter reaches into the outfield. If he or she can be tagged out before reaching any part of the field beyond first base, it's a force out at first. If not, then it's a force out at second or third. A batted ball that does not reach the ground is called a fly ball.
In baseball, a fly ball is any ball that is caught without the aid of a fielder's tag. In other words, it is a fair ball. The word "fly" comes from the fact that these balls were often caught over the fence by children playing baseball. The adult players would stand on the sidelines and watch while the boys/girls played. When my son was young, we used to go to many games where this happened. It was called "fly catching" because those being watched over knew what kind of ball it was when it was caught.
Fair balls that are caught near the infield are called line drives. Balls that stay in the park are called home runs.