Double Play

What does double play mean?

Two outs on the same play

A term often used in baseball and softball to describe a play where two outs are recorded.

The term is commonly seen and heard when a grounder or line drive is fielded by an infielder, who throws it to a teammate standing on a base (or touches the base himself) for a force out, who then relays the throw to another teammate standing on a base for the second force out. There are a variety of double plays that can happen in baseball, such as when a hitter strikes out and a runner is caught stealing or when a player is thrown out trying to advance to the next base after the fielder catches the ball.


What an acrobatic play by the SS to get the double play!

Double play recorded during a baseball game

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Updated April 27, 2016

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