Baltimore Chop

What does baltimore chop mean?

Baseball hit that takes a large hop over an infielder

A baseball term that describes a ground ball that hits home plate or just in front of it and takes a large hop.

The term originates from the 1894 Baltimore Orioles team that would resort to any tactics in order to win. The Baltimore grounds crew was allegedly paid off to rake the dirt in front of home plate to hide concrete just in front of home plate. When balls were hit off the hidden concrete they would bounce high in the air or over the infielders. Hitters today still try the Baltimore chop by angling their swing to hit the ball high enough to allow them to get to first. The term can also be used as a verb.


He's fast enough to the point that he should baltimore chop it every time.

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Updated April 8, 2015

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