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Baseball Slang

While every sport has its own lingo, no sport uses acronyms and abbreviations as much as baseball. In order to understand baseball stats and commentators, it's important to know basic baseball slang. The list below includes the full range of abbreviations, acronyms, and slang terms used in baseball, from AB to Yard.

Slang Term Meaning Votes
BFBatters faced
HRHome run
ClutchAbility to perform under pressure
WWins
MLBMajor League Baseball
RBIRuns batted in
2BSecond base
BasebrawlBaseball brawl
DFSDaily Fantasy Sports
DLDisabled list
ROYRookie of the Year
RundownBaserunner stranded between two bases
GFGames finished
SBStolen bases
CloserA relief pitcher that finishes a baseball game
avgBatting average
TaterHome run
DingerHome run
WheelsFast legs
TripleHit that results in the batter getting to third base
SLGSlugging percentage
Chin musicPitch that nearly hits the batter's head
On deckBatting second
Set the tableTo get on base so other hitters can score the baserunners
Bases juicedBaserunners on all three bases
Bush leagueAmateur play
LCSLeague Championship Series
HomerHome run
BloopWeakly hit fly ball
1BFirst base
3BThird base
Can of cornAn easy catch by a fielder
Mendoza line.200 batting average
Shoestring catchCatch made just above a player's shoes
RRuns
LeadoffFirst batter in the lineup
CleanupPlayer batting fourth in the lineup
GGames played
Annie OakleyFree pass
Backdoor sliderA pitch that breaks over the plate
Round-tripperHome run
Millennial baseballA baseball strategy of swinging for home runs instead of base hits
ERAEarned run average
YardHome run
NLDSNational League Division Series
ALCSAmerican League Championship Series
MashTo hit a baseball well
RuthianPowerful
MeatballEasy pitch to hit
GrounderBaseball hit on the ground
SingleHit that results in the batter getting to first base
DoubleHit that results in the batter getting to second base
WARWins Above Replacement
RFRight field
CinderellaUnderdog sports team
Double playTwo outs on the same play
Bronx cheerNoise that signals mockery
RubberPitcher's plate
CellarLast place
TPTriple play
SFSacrifice Flies
XBHExtra base hits
Paint the cornerTo pitch the ball over the edge of home plate
Twin killingDouble play
Turn twoTo record a double play
DERDefensive Efficiency Rating
fpctFielding percentage
Two baggerDouble
GSHGrand Slams
SVSaves
PeaA ball traveling at a high speed
PunchoutStrikeout
YakkerCurve ball
BustA player who does not perform well
Trade baitA good player that entices other teams to trade for him
ABAt bat
CSCaught stealing
ALDSAmerican League Division Series
BombHome run
AceBest starting pitcher
SPStarting pitcher
Ride the pineSit on the bench
PPitcher
Baltimore chopBaseball hit that takes a large hop over an infielder
OPSOn-base Plus Slugging Percentage
SSShortstop
E4Error made by the second baseman
E6Error made by the shortstop
DishHome plate
In the holeBatting third
LOBLeft on base
GIDPGround into double play
DPDouble play
TPATotal plate appearances
Four baggerHome run
Sweet spotThe part of the bat that provides the best contact
TCTotal chances
Three baggerTriple
BagBase
LIPSLate inning pressured situations
Put out firesGet out of difficult situations
MBFAMake baseball fun again
MLBPAMajor League Baseball Players Association
LOOGYLeft-handed One Out Guy
RibbyRun batted in
KStrikeouts
RPRelief pitcher
LFLeft field
OFOutfield
WheelhouseHitter's power zone
Touch em allHome run
Grand SlamFour-run home run
MadduxComplete game shutout with less than 100 pitches
innInnings played
ShelledBeaten badly
LLosses
JamTo pitch near a batter's hands
EErrors
E9Error made by the right fielder
Blowing a raspberryMaking a jeering noise
CheeseGood fastball
GRSLGrand Slams
Table setterA player who gets on base so other hitters can hit him in
Frozen ropeLine drive baseball hit
bkBalks
BushAmateur play
CheddarGood fastball
RibRun batted in
CGComplete games
RPIRatings Percentage Index
HBPHit by pitch
Uncle CharlieCurve ball
BBBases on balls
HeaterFastball
NLCSNational League Championship Series
Tater trotHome run trot
CCatcher
Hot cornerThird base
EREarned runs
SouthpawLeft-handed pitcher
CycleSingle, double, triple, and home run
Line driveHard hit baseball in the air
Texas LeaguerWeak fly ball hit to the outfield
OBPOn-base Percentage
CFCenter field
E1Error made by the pitcher
E2Error made by the catcher
E5Error made by the third baseman
E7Error made by the left fielder
E8Error made by the center fielder
Around the hornDouble play from third to second to first base
Triple playThree outs on the same play
BrushbackPitch that almost hits the hitter
High and tightHigh and inside pitch
PickleBaserunner stranded between two bases
HotboxBaserunner stranded between two bases
LeatherDefense ability
HillPitcher's mound
On the buttonHard hit ball
WSWorld Series
NPNumber of pitches
PutoutOut
POPutouts
GSGames started
Paint the blackTo pitch the ball over the edge of home plate
RopeLine drive baseball hit
sacSacrifice bunts
IBBIntentional bases on balls
OFAOutfield assists
RFRange factor
PBPassed balls
AOFly outs
CGLComplete game losses
GOGround outs
Bases loadedBaserunners on all three bases
HBHit batsmen
hldHold
IPInnings pitched
IRAInherited runs allowed
PAPlate appearances
RWRelief wins
FiremanLate-inning relief pitcher
CutterCut fastball
WhiffSwinging strikeout
URUnearned runs
ILInjured list