Sunday Hop, Baltimore Chop…do you know what an Immaculate Inning is? by Chuck Duboff




© Chuck Duboff

Here’s the explanation for all those baseball terms!!

Bonus:  do you know what an Immaculate inning is?


  • Sunday hop: a soft hit that takes a couple of easy bounces to an infielder for an easy out.
  • Mendoza Line: The Mendoza Line is an expression in baseball in the United States, deriving from the name of shortstop Mario Mendoza, whose poor batting average is taken to define the threshold of incompetent hitting…usually refers to a batting average below .200 (the Mendoza Line)
  • Fungo: A fielding practice drill where a person hits fly balls intended to be caught.
  • Around the horn: when the ball gets hit to the third baseman who throws to the second baseman who throws to first.
  • Banjo hitter: not a very good hitter; lots of bloops and doinks and singles.
  • Chin Music: when a pitcher purposely throws inside, not grazing the hitter, but making him aware!!chin
  • Hit for the cycle: when a batter gets a single, double, triple and home run in one game.
  •  Texas Leaguer: a fly ball to the outfield that falls in no man’s land between several outfielders.
  • Dying quail: A batted ball that drops in front of the outfielders for a hit, often unexpectedly (like a shot bird). Also known as a blooper, a chinker, a bleeder.
    and Judy hitter: see banjo hitter!!  nothing more than singles!!
  • Suicide squeeze: with a runner on third, the batter must lay down a bunt; the runner on third breaks for home…when executed properly its a thing of beauty…when the batter misses the bunt, the runner coming from third is DOA.
  • Uncle Charlie: another name for a curve ball.

    Pesky pole

    That’s the Pesky Pole down the right field line.

  • Pesky pole: the right field pole in Fenway Park named after Red Sox player Johnny Pesky.  (lots of mythology as to why its called that)
  • The battery: refers to the pitcher and catcher who are playing at that time.
  • A can of corn: A high, easy-to-catch, fly ball hit to the outfield.
  • Eephus pitch: a very low-speed junk pitch. The delivery from the pitcher has very low velocity and usually catches the hitter unprepared.
  • The Golden Sombraro: when one hitter strikes out four times in a game, he gets the Golden Sombraro>

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