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The "Bible of Baseball S'language" is an on-going project to unite the language that we as ballplayers speak. We've combined many of the historical terms with many modern-day sayings that people have submitted to us from all over the country (and world).

We all know about the traditional terms, but what about some stuff going around the dugouts and buses these days? If you've got some slang that you use on (or off) the field, be sure to hit us up via social.

# A B C D E F G H J K L M N O P R S T U V W Y Z


When your team messes up and is punished by running to the '380' mark on the outfield fence and back.


The team's best starting pitcher.
A home run hit really high in the air. - "Holy airliner! Are they serving drinks on that flight?"
The space in the outfield between the left fielder and the center fielder, or the right fielder and center fielder.
Arm Candy
Ibuprofen, Advil, etc…
Around The Horn
When you toss the ball around the infield after making the first or second out and the bases are empty.
Aspirin Tablet
A fastball that is especially hard to hit, making it seem as if the ball is the size of an Aspirin.
Ate Him Up
When a batted ball is difficult for a fielder to field.


Backdoor Breaking Ball
A breaking pitch, usually a slider or cut fastball that is thrown out of the strike zone and seems to be a ball before breaking to catch the outer edge of the zone for a strike.
Balls Party Of 4
When the opposing pitcher walks someone, you then yell out, "Balls party of four, your table is ready."
Banjo Hitter
A batter who lacks power, but hits a lot of bloop singles. The name is said to come from the twanging sound of the bat at contact, like that of a banjo.
A fan, player, coach, or umpire that often chats up the players.
The act of complaining about a call or trash talking.
A term shouted after a home run is hit because the hitter just ordered the team a 'shot of Jack', with 'Jack' referring to hitting a home run. The term 'Bartender' can also be used to describe your 'closer'.
Base Clogger
A player whose lack of speed keeps him from advancing more than a single base at a time and/or keeps faster players running behind him from advancing further.
Last place, bottom of the standings. Also known as the 'Cellar.'
The pitcher and catcher considered as a single unit. Henry Chadwick coined the term, drawing from the military sense of the term artillery battery.
Batting BINGO Numbers
A hitter is batting below .100. Example .080 is pronounced Oh-eighty, like a bingo number.
Bayou or Louisiana
When an infielder whiffs on a ground ball or a hitter lets a fastball by him, meaning the ball went 'by you.'
A strong throwing arm.
Referencing the baseball when it is hard to hit because it seems as small as a BB.
A high hopping grounder. Derives from a jumping bean.
To hit a ball hard to the outfield or out of the park.
Bench Jockey
A player, coach, or manager whose gift of gab takes on a role of its own. They can annoy opposing players or teams while sitting on the bench.
When three fielders converge toward a fly ball and make a triangle shape before letting the ball drop between them. In reference to the Bermuda Triangle.
Big Fly
A home run.
Bird Food
A fastball thrown over the batter's head.
A weak hit ball that manages to find a way to the outfield for a hit.
Refers to a player's back pocket. "Hey bud your left blinker is out."
Bloop or Blooper
A weakly hit, short fly ball that falls for a hit. Typically, between the infielders and the outfielders.
A big home run. Also comes from the saying "Bomb Squad."
Bread and Butter
A player's greatest or most reliable skill. Whether it's hitting, fielding, or even a pitcher's strikeout pitch.
A catcher that lets nothing by.
Build A House
A pitcher who consistently hits a spot in the strike zone. Most commonly with pitches at the knees.
A hard hit ball or throw.
The pitcher's mound.
Bush League
A term used to describe play lacking sportsmanship, or of low professionalism.
Butcher Boy
When a batter fakes a bunt, before swinging away. This lures the third baseman closer to home plate before putting them in a precarious position once the ball is hit.


Cadillac Double
When someone hits the ball and starts taking off their batting gloves and gear before rounding first and coasting into second.
Cage Bomb
Would-be home runs that are hit while taking batting practice in the cage.
When a player sits under a fly ball for a while. This player is said to be "camped" under it.
Can Of Corn
An easy play.
A strong arm.
When a pitcher strikes out a batter. The pitcher 'tossed him a chair,' because the hitter now has to go sit down.
When a pitcher is throwing hard. Also referred to as "ched."
If an umpire has a small strike zone, ie. the size of a Cheerio.
Cheese Dog
A very easy pitch to hit.
Cheese Factory
Refers to a pitcher with a wide array of pitches. They can throw ched (cheddar) and also pitches with a little 'stink' to it (usually off-speed, leaving players with a "What's that smell?" look).
Cherry Hop
When a fielder gets an easy hop on a ground ball.
Chin Music
A high-and-tight, up-and-in pitch meant to knock a batter back from home plate. Also known as a 'brush back' or 'purpose pitch.'
Smack talk.
Circus Catch
An amazing catch made by a fielder.
When a ball is hit directly back at the pitcher.
A pitch that is easy to hit.
Like a corked bat, this term refers to a phony ballplayer. Often spelled with a 'K'.
Courtesy Jog
The slow, sad jog performed by an outfielder who knows the ball in the air is going over the fence.
Cracker Box
A small baseball field considered to be friendly to power hitters, but unfriendly to pitchers.
A term used for a pitcher who has great off-speed pitches and can hit spots.


Dip, Drop, and Drive. A saying used to remind teammates how to hit a home run. Dip the shoulder, drop the hands, and drive the ball over the fence.
Daddy Hack
A big swing.
Daisy Cutter
Old-fashioned term for a hard-hit ground ball with enough pace to "lop the tops off any daisies" growing in the grass.
Dark One
A pitch that is difficult to see, and impossible to hit.
The time when practices typically end because it is getting too dark out.
Dead Red
A batter is waiting on a fastball to drive. Usually said when a player is ahead in the count.
Deer In The Headlights
When an outfielder is blinded by the sun.
A home run.
An impressive skill or play. Often referring to a great pitch thrown, a diving play made, or even a player's attire. For example, "That Routine shirt is dirty."
Home plate.
Drop Off the Table
Used to describe an extremely sharp breaking ball.
Ducks On the Pond
Runners in scoring position.
An out. It's preceded with the number of current outs. For example, 'There's two dead here.'
Nickname given to any player wearing the number 22.
When there are two balls, two strikes, and two outs.
Dialing 9
When a pitcher is reaching the 90+ mph mark on the radar gun.
Dome Piece
A baseball player's hat.
When a batter gets hit by a pitch. For example, "Man, I took a dose in my last AB."
The best player on the team.
A pitch thrown so far inside that it was said to dust off the batter's jersey. Can also refer to someone who often rides the bench and 'collects dust.'
Dust Kicker
Refers to someone running around the bases quickly.


A very slow pitch with a high arcing trajectory. Not a pitch often seen, but is sometimes used to throw off a hitter's timing.
Elevator Shaft
A ball hit high in the air, straight above home plate to be caught by the catcher.
Error Squad
When the opposing team continues to make a lot of errors.
Excuse Me Swing
When a batter inadvertently makes contact during a check swing.
Extra Guac
When an infielder throws the ball harder than they typically do.
Being over flashy, especially when it comes to gameday accessories.


A strikeout. For example, "Pete fanned 7 through 8 innings of work."
Used to describe anything amazing. Often used when referring to an unhittable pitch/pitcher.
A team's closer or late-inning pitcher brought in to 'put out the fire.'
When a pitcher throws a ball out of the strike zone in hopes of the hitter chasing after it.
Five O'clock Hitter
An impressive hitter during batting practice, but not so much during games.
Flashing Leather
When a fielder makes a great play.
A ballplayer's great hair, often long enough to stick out from under a hat or helmet.
Foot In The Bucket
A batter who strides away from home plate with their leading foot, instead of straight-ahead (in fear of being struck by a pitched ball), is said to 'step-in the bucket.'
Four-Fingered Salute
An intentional walk.
Hitting a home run at night, more specifically an 'oppo-taco (an opposite-field home run).'
Free 90
When a pitcher throws the ball away and the runner(s) advances without fear of being thrown out.
Free Baseball
Extra Innings.
The new pitcher brought in by the opposing team.
Frozen Rope
A hard-hit line drive.


The space between the centerfielder and corner outfielders.
The outfield when a hitter continues to hit seeds (hard-hit balls) in the outfield. For example, "Niner's growing out in left-center."
A hard-thrown pitch. For example, "Henderson's throwing gas today."
Get Dirty
Yelled by a coach or teammate when a player should either slide or dive for a ball.
Getting Key-Holed
When an umpire calls a small strike zone.
Get Out Ball
Yelled as a joke when someone gets jammed and hits a weak flare. Or yelled when a ball is in the air and has the potential to be a home run.
Get Turfey
Yelled by a coach or teammate when you play on a turf field and should either slide or dive for a ball.
Used amongst the infield when you are in a double play scenario. Comes from the acronym GIDP, which stands for 'Grounding Into a Double Play.'
A walk-off home run.
Going Gaetti
When a player wears his jersey without an undershirt. Most effectively worn with visible chest hair. In reference to former player, Gary Gaetti.
Going Yard
Hitting a home run.
Golden Corral
When a pitch is served up right down the middle, like a platter at the Golden Corral.
Golden Sombrero
A hitter who strikes out four times in one game.
Good Spitch
When the pitcher throws a good pitch, right where the catcher's mitt was setup.
Got Heem
A battle cry, trash-talk. Made famous by pitcher Brian Wilson, "You can add as many e's as necessary or change the case of the letter as well to describe the emphasis required."
Grab Some Pine
Go sit on the bench. A saying often used as a taunt following a strikeout.
Green Light
Permission from coach to swing away on a 3-0 count. Also, permission to attempt a stolen base without a sign from the 3rd base coach.


A hard swing.
Had Eyes
When a ball finds a way through the infield or drops between players. It is as if the ball could see the path needed to get through.
Ham And Eggs
Another name for a double play.
A pitch thrown high and inside, not allowing the batter to extend their hands.
A poorly thrown off-speed pitch that does not break, just asking to get crushed.
Hanger Banger
A hitter who is particularly good at hitting curveballs or other off-speed pitches.
Harvest The Crops
To hit the runners that were in scoring position, safely home.
Have A Day
A player who is having a great game offensively, defensively, or both.
Heart Of The Lineup
Refers to the 3, 4, 5 hitters in your lineup. Typically the best hitters on the team.
A very fast pitch.
Heywuddoyasaynahkidletsgogetabaseknock- comeonnahbangoneherehumnahbaberopeit- throughherekidattawayticklethetwinehumbabe
Dugout chatter used to get the current hitter going. Only said by very nimble-tongued players.
High And Tight
A pitch thrown up in the zone and close to the hitter.
Hock A Loogie
This is chanted when a pitcher throws a ball in the dirt and the batter doesn't swing. This batter is said to have "spit on it," out of disgust because of how poorly the pitch was thrown.
A player that wears every possible accessory, often too much.
Home Cookin'
When you're at an opponent's field and the umpire seems to spend more time near their dugout and fans than behind the plate.
A pitcher who you can rely on to throw a lot of good innings and never grow tired.
A strong arm. Typically used to describe a fielder's arm.
Hot Coffee
When an infielder frantically bobbles a hard-hit grounder like it's hot coffee.
Hot Corner
Refers to the third base position. With a majority of hitters batting right-handed, they often pull the ball, leaving the third baseman little time to react on defense.
A condensed version of 'Come on now!'


A home run.
A relief pitcher who comes in during a precarious situation and proceeds to 'clean up' the mess left by the previous pitcher.


K Burger
A strikeout. Often served with cheese.
Knee Buckler
A filthy breaking ball that makes the hitter weak at their knees.
A hard hit.


To hit the ball very hard, typically a line drive.
A player that has a hose (strong arm) and can rake (hit well).
A hitter that swings by the time the ball hits the catcher's mitt (late).
Laser Show
Ballplayer with a strong throwing arm.
Late Night Help
During a blowout game at night, the umpire will make bad calls or expand the strike zone to help speed up the game.
Lay Out
When a fielder dives for a ball.
A fielder's glove. A player with 'good leather' is a good defensive player.
Leg It Out
To run hard and barely beat the throw.
Flow or hair. Must be long enough to be seen with a hat on.
Like A Book
A term used to describe a pitcher who has a predictable pick-off move. For example, "You can read him like a book."
Lock The Shed
To get a save/end the game.
Stands for 'Lack Of Freaking Talent.' They often speak of themselves far more glowingly than their performance would suggest. For example, "Steve seems a little 'lofty' to me. He's only hitting .091"
A soft thrown pitch/throw with a lot of arc.
A baseball bat.


Stands for mustaches and mullets. A common playoff combination derived to appease the baseball gods.
Magellan Route
When a defender takes a terrible route to catch a pop-up. Named after the Portuguese explorer who circumnavigated the glove… we mean globe.
A home run hitter.
A pitcher who never throws two pitches the same way or with the same speed. Constantly adding and subtracting mph.
Mattress Ball
A pitch that is so slow, you can just lay all over it.
Merry Christmas
When a fielder gets an easy hop on a play. Can also refer to a situation when a pitcher is struggling and a fielder makes a good play to end the inning.
When a pitcher keeps walking batters, creating the effect of a Merry-Go-Round.
An easy pitch to hit, right down the middle.
Mendoza Line
Refers to a batting average that is below .200. Named after Mario Mendoza and introduced into pop culture by MLB Hall of Famer George Brett during his pursuit of .400 in the 1980 season.
A home run hit so high and deep that it is said to travel toward the moon.
Mop up
The bullpen's least effective reliever who comes in after defeat is imminent, to throw the last few innings.
Mow Them Down
A pitcher who dominates opposing hitters, allowing few if any to get on base. This pitcher is said to have 'mowed them down.'
Mr. Clean
When a player doesn't slide on a close play.
Refers to a player's terrible arm.


What the pitcher throws when they are ahead in the count. Often made to look enticing before breaking out of the zone. For example, "C'mon give 'em the nectar, kid!"
Nice Peepers
Having a good eye while batting.
Nine Of Hearts
When the batter hits a soft ground ball but is so fast, they beat out the throw.
A home run that everyone knows will go over the fence immediately after contact.
Noodle Arm
A player's weak throwing arm.


When a batter is wildly late on a fastball. This player needs to swing 'Sooner.'
When a fielder lets a ground ball go under their glove. Often said when the fielder does not get in front of it, but rather tries to field it off to the side.
Olympic Rings
When a batter strikes out five times in a game. This same dubious achievement may also merit a 'platinum sombrero.'
On The Black
A pitch that just nicks the edge of the zone for a called strike. Refers to the black, rubber edge that surrounds the plate.
On The Hop
Something that needs to be done quickly. For example, "Take the field on the hop!"
On The Screws
Refers to the sweet spot on the bat.
Oppo-Bomb, Oppo-Taco
Refers to a home run hit to the opposite field.
Yelled when a batter has to duck. Named after the Oregon Ducks.
When a pitcher makes an appearance in a game.


Pitches thrown at the edges of the strike zone. A pitcher who can 'paint' consistently, may be referred to as Rembrandt or Picasso and can be said to 'paint the black' or 'paint the corner.'
A glove without depth or shape.
Pan Hands
A fielder who is struggling defensively.
A brand-new baseball.
A common pre-game exercise in baseball. One player bunts brisk ground balls and line drives to a group of fielders standing in front of them. The fielders try to make a play on the ball, and throw it back as quickly as possible. The batter then attempts to hit the return throw. Failure to do so will cause a change in batter.
Pitcher Beeps
Christmas Day for pitchers. A rare day when pitchers are allowed to take batting practice.
Pickles On The Burger
Refers to runners on base.
Referencing the baseball when it is hard to hit because it seems as small as a pill.
Piñata Ball
A pitch thrown so high it hits the backstop in the air as if the pitcher is attempting to bust a piñata with a baseball.
The bench.
When the hitting team is constantly making contact with the first or second pitch of each plate appearance.
A hitter who consistently delivers in clutch moments.
Plant The Seed
To start a rally.
Stands for 'Pitchers Only.' This player does not play any position other than pitcher.
A hit. For example, "Nice poke, kid."
A form of punishment and/or conditioning that consists of running from foul pole to foul pole, numerous times.
Pocket Monster
When a back pocket is hanging out of your pants forming a small, ghost-like creature.
A left-handed pitcher. Named because 'port' refers to the left side of a ship.
Pro Speed
When someone gives 50% effort, but 100% swagger.
Licking your bat during or before an at-bat. Made famous by Yasiel Puig.
The motion an umpire makes when there's a strikeout. Often used as a synonym of 'strikeout.'
Punch And Judy
A hitter who has little to no power.


A player who is easily distracted by trash talk.
Hit evenly (and successfully) to all parts of the field, so that the spray chart looks like the end of a rake.
Rally Cap
When you wear your hat in an unusual fashion (often times inside out) in hopes of sparking an offensive outburst.
The area a fielder is able to cover to field the ball. This can be used casually to describe a player with exceptional range. For example, "That shortstop has range, so make sure we leg out everything hit to the left side."
When the opposing pitcher is struggling and/or the opposing team gets in the pitcher's head.
Rave Party
An entire outfield of players with good arms. i.e., 'Laser shows.'
Stands for 'Runs Coached In.' Given to an assistant coach or player-coach.
A pitcher who paints the corners.
An RBI, which stands for 'Runs Batted In.'
Ric Flair
A soft floater that lands in-between an infielder and outfielder.
A very strong arm. Also used as a verb. For example, "They rifled the ball home to catch the runner."
A hard-hit ball.
When a player gets thrown out by an obvious amount.
Roll It
To turn a double play.
Room Service
A ball that's hit right to a fielder, so they hardly have to move to get it. Also, a pitch that's easy to hit.
Root Canal
A screaming line drive that hits an infielder or pitcher in the face, possibly even knocking out a tooth.
A hard line drive. Also known as a 'frozen rope.'
Rubber Arm
A pitcher who can throw large amounts of pitches without tiring.
Rung Him Up
An umpire calling a batter out on strikes.


A grand slam home run.
Santa Maria
A home run. Made famous by baseball announcer, Matt Vasgersian.
Sawed Off
A pitch so far inside that it breaks the hitter's bat as if being sawed off at the handle.
A devoted baseball fan and what we call our customer service representatives.
Serve It Up
When a pitcher hangs a pitch for the hitter as if setting it on a tee.
A hard-hit ball. Can also refer to sunflower seeds, which are often eaten by players during a game or practice.
Seek And Destroy
When a hitter is looking for a specific pitch and doesn't miss it.
To retrieve baseballs. Usually during batting practice.
Shark Week
When an infielder on the opposing team is struggling defensively and keeps getting 'eaten up.'
When you take a ball off the shin. A 'Shinburger with cheese' is an especially painful one.
Short Porch
A field with a short distance to the fence.
Refers to the captain of the team or the leadoff hitter.
Sit Boo-Boo Sit
What you yell when someone hits a blooper in an attempt to help guide the ball to the ground.
Silent Night
When a team plays a bad game or series and the bus ride home is quiet.
When a ball is hit to the opposite field and falls so close to the foul line that it could be six inches away from it.
Refers to the rubber on the mound.
Slap Hitter
A hitter who sacrifices power for batting average, trying to make contact with the ball. Can also refer to a left-handed fastpitch player who starts running to first base as she makes contact with the ball.
A ball hit hard into the stands. Said in regards to an unexpecting fan losing a drink over it.
Small Ball
When a team is doing things other than swinging away, like bunting, stealing, and drawing walks.
A well-hit ball.
Snap Throw
A very quick and hard throw in the field.
When someone falls down or trips randomly without the help of someone else, as if shot by a sniper.
Snow Cone
When a fielder catches the ball at the top of their glove, making it look like a snow cone.
A player who wears the number 8, who then looks like a snowman with their head atop the number.
A left-handed pitcher.
Spicy Sausage
A nasty strikeout pitch.
Spray Hitter
A batter who hits line drives to all parts of the field.
Squirt Gun
An arm that is not strong, replicating the strength of a toy water gun.
Stacking Plates
A hitter who continues to drive in runs.
Staff It Out
To show extraordinary effort as a pitcher/pitching staff. Also, another term for when a team goes 'Johnny Wholestaff' by using a lot of pitchers in a game.
Stay Hot
When a teammate does something stupid or acts dumb. Some use this term to reference a batter who is hitting well.
Exposed raw skin caused by diving for a ball or sliding.
Runs batted in. (RBI's)
Steaks On The Grill
When runners are in scoring position. The steaks will burn if you leave them on base for too long.
A player who wears number 11.
Stone Fingers
A player who misplays easy ground balls.
Sunday Hop
A nice, easy hop on a ground ball.
The area behind the pitching mound. Usually where the EZ-Hose is plugged in and often leaks.
A swinging bunt. The ball that only travels a few feet even though a full swing was taken.


Table Setter
A player placed high in the batting order for their tendency to hit for average and steal bases. This player is said to 'set the table' for the power hitters later on in the lineup.
Meaning a massive home run. In reference to the saying, 'Dropping tanks,' or to 'Drop a tank.'
Tape Measure Blast
An especially long home run. The term originated from a 1956 game in which Mickey Mantle hit a ball out of Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. The distance the ball flew was measured (656') and the next day a picture of Mantle with a tape measure was published in the newspaper.
A home run. The term started to appear in the 1970s, specifically as 'long tater,' because the ball itself was commonly referred to as a 'potato' or 'tater.'
To hit the ball so hard that it leaves a mark, or 'tattoo,' from the bat's trademark on the ball.
Tee Off
Hitting a poorly-performing pitcher, so much so that the ball seems to be sitting on a tee.
A pitcher's 'out' pitch or strikeout pitch.
Texas Leaguer
A soft hit ball that barely reaches the outfield grass, but results in a hit.
That'll Do Donkey
Originating from a quote in the movie Shrek, this saying is used as a way to tell a teammate that they did a great job.
Through The Wickets
When a batted ball passes through the legs of a fielder. The term refers to the metal hoops (called wickets) used in the game of croquet.
When a runner is thrown out by a decent amount. Also when a ball is hit hard past an infielder, the ball itself is said to have been 'toasted'.
A baseball glove.
Being ejected from the game.
When a team gets in trouble with the coaches, their punishment is to run home plate to foul pole to foul pole and back, creating a triangle.
Turn & Burn
An inside fastball that you turn on and hit hard down the batter's side foul line.
A ball in-between hops. Or when pant legs are worn in-between 'all the way down' and 'all the way up.' Both forms of 'Tweeners' are frowned upon.
Twin Killing
A double play.
Twist It
Infielders verbal signal for a double play.
Two Ball
A game played where you throw two balls at a time to another player. If they drop a ball they get a strike. Three strikes and you're out.
Two-Out Focus
The term used by a coach when a pitcher gets two quick outs and then proceeds to walk the next player on four pitches, prompting a barrage of cuss words.


Uncle Charlie
A curveball.


When a player on the bench puts on all the catcher's equipment to resemble Darth Vader.
Hitting a ball that is thrown out of the strike zone, or occasionally has already bounced. Made famous by Vladimir Guerrero.


Warning Track Power
When a player doesn't have home run power and can only hit it to the warning track.
Water The Garden
To get the runner on first into scoring position.
Web Gem
An outstanding defensive play. Refers to the webbing of the fielder's gloves and was popularized by Baseball Tonight on ESPN. Nah nuh nah, nah nuh nah!
Weight Room
Yelled when someone hits a ball that is caught at the warning track.
A home run. Popularized by Champ Kind in the movie, Anchorman.
Refers to someone's speed. "They've got wheels," can mean a player runs fast, while "they've got square wheels," can mean a player is slow.
Where a hitter likes to hit pitches, with authority.
When a hitter swings and misses. Comes from the sound the bat makes when it misses the ball.
Window Shopper
A hitter that watches 'strike three' right down the middle. Also referred to as a "May I help you?" at-bat.
Worm Burner
A pitch that is in the dirt.


A home run.
Yard Work
A player who is hitting the ball exceptionally well. For example, "Jimbo is doing some major yard work."
A home run.
Yak Butter
Pine tar.
Yak Sauce
When you hit the ball extremely hard.
A home run.
A home run.
A home run. Made famous by Chipper Jones... so you know it's good.
Sudden case of not being able to hit or field. A terrible diamond disease that disables players from performing at a high, consistent level. Can also limit pitchers trying to pick-off runners on the bases.
A hard-hit ball. Refers to the ball as an egg, therefore knocking the 'yolk' out of it.
YOLO Throw
When an outfielder is deep by the fence and tries to throw the ball all the way home, without the help of a cut-off man. Called this because if you don't get the runner out at the plate, your coach may never play you again. (YOLO stands for 'You Only Live Once').


Zoo It
When a player makes a terrible play or throw in the field.

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