THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE MOSS SHIELDS
Baseball language a-m
ace - A team's best starting pitcher.
alley - The section of the outfield between the outfielders. Also "gap."
around the horn - A double play going from third base to second to first.
backdoor slider - A pitch that appears to be out of the strike zone, but then breaks back over the plate.
bag - A base.
Baltimore chop - A ground ball that hits in front of home plate (or off of it) and takes a large hop over the infielder's head.
bandbox- A small ballpark that favors hitters.
bang-bang play - A play in which the baserunner hits the bag a split-second before the ball arrives or vice versa.
basket catch - When a fielder catches a ball with his glove near belt level.
Bronx cheer - When the crowd boos.
brushback - A pitch that nearly hits a batter.
bush - Also "bush league." An amateur play or behavior.
can of corn - An easy catch by a fielder.
caught looking - When a batter is called out on strikes.
cellar - Last place. Also "basement."
cheese - Also "good cheese." Refers to a good fastball.
chin music - A pitch that is high and inside.
circus catch - An outstanding catch by a fielder.
closer - A team's relief pitcher who finishes the game.
cutter - A cut fastball (one with a late break to it).
cycle - When a batter hits a single, double, triple and home run in the same game.
dinger - A home run.
dish - Home plate.
fireman - A team's closer or late-inning relief pitcher.
fungo - A ball hit to a fielder during practice. It's usually hit by a coach using a "fungo bat," which is longer and thinner than a normal bat.
gap - See "alley." A ball hit here is a "gapper."
gopher ball - A pitch hit for a home run, as in "go for."
heat - A good fastball. Also "heater."
high and tight - Referring to a pitch that's up in the strike zone and inside on a hitter. Also known as "up and in."
hill - Pitcher's mound.
homer - A home run. Other terms include: blast, dinger, dong, four-bagger, four-base knock, moon shot, tape-measure blast and tater.
hot corner - Third base.
in the hole - The batter after the on-deck hitter.
jam - When a hitter gets a pitch near his hands, he is "jammed." Also when a pitcher gets himself in trouble, he is in a "jam."
leather - Refers to how good a player plays defensively or handles the glove. Ex: "He flashed some leather on that play."
meatball - An easy pitch to hit, usually right down the middle of the plate.
Mendoza line - A batting average of around .200.
moon shot -- A very long, high home run.