(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. ball, the Major Leagues, Little League, the national pastime.
The major league teams in the United States include --- National League: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Montreal Expos, New YOrk Mets, Chicago Cubs, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies; American League: Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, California Angels, Kansas City Royals, Oakland A's or Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, New YOrk Yankees.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
ball, sport, game, national pastime, athletic competition. ''The greatest conversation piece ever invented in America.''— Bruce Catton. ''An island of surety in a changing world.''—William Veek.
(common abbreviations)
AAA: the minor league from which big league players are drawn
AA: the second-tier minor league. Also known as a bush league
A: the third-tier minor league. Also known as a bush league
AB: at bat
AL: American League
BA: batting average
BB: base on balls/walks
DP: double play
DH: designated hitter
E: error
ERA: earned run average
FP: fielding percentage
G: game
H: hit
HR: homerun
IP: innings pitched
K: strikeout
MVP: most valuable player
NL: National League
R: run
RBI: runs batted in
SB: stolen base
SHO: shutout
SO: strikeout
SS: shortstop
2B: double
3B: triple
TP: triple play
WP: winning pitcher
ambidextrous hitter: switch hitter
base: bag
baseball, slang for: apple, horsehide
bat, illegal: corked bat
bat’s heavy warmup weight: donut
batting fourth in the lineup: batting cleanup
bench area for players, enclosed: dugout
batter’s grip, improves: pine tar
batter’s spot: batter’s box
British game: rounders
catch, spectacular: circus catch, shoestring catch
championship, league: pennant; World Series
dirt track skirting outfield wall: warning track
double play started by the shortstop (6) who throws to the second baseman (4), who completes the play to the first baseman (3): 6-4-3 double play
drawing of players from schools and minor leagues: draft
fantasy baseball based on statistics: Rotisserie League
fastball, slang: *fireball, *hummer, *smoke
fan’s fanciful game of: Rotisserie League Baseball
first-year player: rookie
flyball, high infield: pop up
flyball, short: blooper
fly balls, practice catching: shag flies
grounder, bouncing: chopper
hit ball that bounces into stands: ground rule double
hit often used as sacrifice to move runner on, very short infield: bunt
hit that causes an out but moves an on-base runner along: sacrifice
hitter who can be counted on in critical situations: clutch hitter
hitter who substitute hits for pitcher: designated hitter
hit, weak: nubber, squibber, Texas Leaguer
homerun driving in a total of four runs: grand slam
homerun: four-bagger
homerun, to hit a: go downtown; air it out
illegally alter ball or bat: doctor
locker room, office, etc.: clubhouse
minor leagues: AAA AA, A, farm system, bush leagues
mishandled ball: bobbled; error
out-of-play ball: foul
partial swing of bat not counting as strike: check swing
perform badly, especially in a tense situation: choke
pitch a fastball: *blow it by, *blow smoke, *throw a fireball, *put some mustard on it
pitch, curving or altering trajectory: breaking ball, curveball, forkball, knuckleball, screwball, sinker, slider, spitball, splitfingered fastball
pitch, deceptively slow: off-speed pitch
pitch hitting batter, intentionally wild: beanball
pitch intentionally thrown for a ball outside: pitchout
pitch nearly hitting batter intentionally: brushback pitch
pitch, slow and easy to hit: lollipop
pitch thrown deceptively slow: change-up
pitcher, closing: closer, reliever, stopper
pitcher, illegal motion made by: balk
pitcher, lefthanded: southpaw
pitcher, team’s best: ace
pitcher who uses clever pitches instead of speed: finesse pitcher
pitcher’s warmup area: bullpen
player making game-losing error: goat
player not currently under contract and free to change teams: free agent
players’ nickname: boys of summer
rectangles batter stands in at bat: batter’s box
screen, protective: backstop
signal, secret: sign
sign, no pepper: stenciled sign warning players not to play games of pepper, the infield batting and fielding drill that sometimes damages the playing field
statistical rundown in newspaper: boxscore
strike criteria, full swing: break the wrists
strikeout, to: fan, *whiff
strikes, to be called out on: go down looking
substitute runner: pinch runner
throwing arm, powerful: *bazooka, *shotgun

English dictionary for students. 2013.

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