Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Baseball. The great American pasttime.

Or what I find fascinating: It’s the sport where if you manage to hit the ball a whopping 30% of the time, you are a good player. And if you hit 35%, you are like God!

The official start of the MLB season isn’t until April but the start of Spring Training is well underway! Florida and Arizona have been invaded by the MLB teams and the games have begun. This time last year the only thing I cared about was heading to the bar to pick me up a Pirate (their camp is here in Bradenton, Florida about 10 minutes from my house and every year around St Paddy’s Day I inevitably meet some guy who claims he is on the Pirates).

Anyway, this yeah is actually different! Last October I finally learned that baseball is fun and exciting and I’ve been waiting for months for Spring Training to start!

I’ve put together a great quick refresher guide of everything you need to know about baseball to get you excited about Spring Training–from why it’s fun to watch to the more complex terms to know!

We are going to really break this down by category because I came across over 150 baseball terms to know (some that my guy friends didn’t even know!) and that’s way to overwhelming to put in one quick guide. So it’s going to be broken down into categories like Players & Positions, Types of Pitches, Types of Hits, In Play & Scoring and more generic terms to know. And as this evolves, we will add some more advanced terms to really razzle and dazzle!

Let’s start with the basics of baseball and the key terms to know like “bat” and “ball”

The Basics

-There are nine players on the line-up for each team and two teams per game.

-The line-up is the team roster for each game.

-The two teams are the home team and the visiting team.

-Each team alternates between fielding (trying to catch the ball, aka defense) and batting (trying to hit the ball and score, aka offense).

-One game lasts nine innings. An inning is the period of play, there is no set time limit for an inning: It could be over in 10 minutes or last 45.

One inning is complete when each team has a turn at batting.

Innings are divided into Top and Bottom.

The visiting team always bats in the Top, or the beginning, of each inning. The home team bats in the bottom half of the inning.

Cool Facts:

-In the middle of the seventh inning, there is a 7th inning stretch. This is a key point in the game. They sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and usually stop selling beer. Pay attention!

-After the top of the 9th (last) inning, if the home team is winning, they don’t play the bottom half of the inning!

-Object & Scoring

Score is kept in terms of Runs, as opposed to points or goals

Object is to score a homerun and the team with the most after 9 innings, wins.

-To score a run, the player must go around all the bases and touch homeplate.

-Playing Field

-Divided into the Infield and the Outfield

-The Infield is where the pitcher and Derek Jeter hang out. It’s also known as the diamond (warning: calling the field ‘the Harry Winston diamond’ really freaks guys out. Do not recommend this). The diamond consists of three bases (easily named 1st, 2nd and 3rd) and homeplate.

-The Outfield is the area outside of the diamond. The Outfielders (the players that hang out in the outfield) catch high flying balls and are often stereotyped as butterfly watchers because they are out in an open field.

-Pitcher’s Mound: The big lump of dirt in the middle of the diamond that the pitcher stands on.

-Foul Line

-Bullpen: Area set aside where the extra pitchers warm-up and practice before stepping into to relieve the starting pitcher.

-Dugout: Where the managers and players that are not in the field or at bat hang out and spit a lot.

Batting Average: The amount of times you actually hit the ball when you are up at bat.

-30% good, 35% great, 25% ok, 20% they kick you off the team and put you back in training.

-Don’t discuss it in percents. Boys don’t like that. They put it in terms of hundreds. So if a players hits 30% of the time, he bats a 300. It sounds cooler.

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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4 Responses

  1. Ms. Florida Transplant Said,

    Hi, thanks for visiting my blog! It’s always nice to find people in the area.

    I have tickets to the Red Sox v. Yankees game next Friday. Should be fun! 🙂

    Posted on March 4th, 2009 at 8:01 am

  2. Stiletto Jen Said,

    oooh very jealous! would love to go to that! My friend is in Ft Myers and I’m trying to get down to see her and a game at the same time!

    Posted on March 4th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

  3. Camster Said,

    this was exactly what i was looking for and incredibly entertaining to read, thanks!!

    Posted on April 14th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

  4. Stiletto Jen Said,

    Thank YOU! I’m glad I could help! I’m actually going to update Baseball soon with some more details so check back!

    Posted on April 14th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

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