Baseball Slang

While every sport has its own lingo, no sport uses acronyms and abbreviations as much as baseball. In order to understand baseball stats and commentators, it's important to know basic baseball slang. The list below includes the full range of abbreviations, acronyms, and slang terms used in baseball, from AB to Yard.

Slang Term Meaning Votes
BFBatters faced
ClutchAbility to perform under pressure
HRHome run
MLBMajor League Baseball
ROYRookie of the Year
BasebrawlBaseball brawl
DFSDaily Fantasy Sports
RBIRuns batted in
2BSecond base
DLDisabled list
Can of cornAn easy catch by a fielder
CloserA relief pitcher that finishes a baseball game
RundownBaserunner stranded between two bases
Set the tableTo get on base so other hitters can score the baserunners
Bush leagueAmateur play
avgBatting average
SBStolen bases
TaterHome run
Chin musicPitch that nearly hits the batter's head
TPTriple play
GFGames finished
WheelsFast legs
TripleHit that results in the batter getting to third base
SLGSlugging percentage
Mendoza line.200 batting average
Bases juicedBaserunners on all three bases
NLDSNational League Division Series
CinderellaUnderdog sports team
On deckBatting second
Trade baitA good player that entices other teams to trade for him
DingerHome run
HomerHome run
MeatballEasy pitch to hit
BloopWeakly hit fly ball
SingleHit that results in the batter getting to first base
3BThird base
OPSOn-base Plus Slugging Percentage
DPDouble play
Paint the cornerTo pitch the ball over the edge of home plate
DERDefensive Efficiency Rating
Annie OakleyFree pass
Millennial baseballA baseball strategy of swinging for home runs instead of base hits
ERAEarned run average
YardHome run
CSCaught stealing
ALCSAmerican League Championship Series
AceBest starting pitcher
MashTo hit a baseball well
SPStarting pitcher
RPRelief pitcher
LCSLeague Championship Series
Ride the pineSit on the bench
Baltimore chopBaseball hit that takes a large hop over an infielder
GrounderBaseball hit on the ground
DoubleHit that results in the batter getting to second base
1BFirst base
WARWins Above Replacement
RFRight field
E1Error made by the pitcher
E4Error made by the second baseman
E5Error made by the third baseman
E6Error made by the shortstop
Double playTwo outs on the same play
RubberPitcher's plate
Shoestring catchCatch made just above a player's shoes
CellarLast place
XBHExtra base hits
Twin killingDouble play
Turn twoTo record a double play
LeadoffFirst batter in the lineup
CleanupPlayer batting fourth in the lineup
fpctFielding percentage
TCTotal chances
Two baggerDouble
GSHGrand Slams
PeaA ball traveling at a high speed
YakkerCurve ball
ShelledBeaten badly
Round-tripperHome run
BustA player who does not perform well
PullTo hit a ball to the same side of the field in which you bat
BBBases on balls
RibbyRun batted in
ABAt bat
ALDSAmerican League Division Series
Hot cornerThird base
SouthpawLeft-handed pitcher
CycleSingle, double, triple, and home run
LFLeft field
E7Error made by the left fielder
Bronx cheerNoise that signals mockery
LeatherDefense ability
DishHome plate
In the holeBatting third
Uncle CharlieCurve ball
WSWorld Series
GIDPGround into double play
NPNumber of pitches
SFSacrifice Flies
TPATotal plate appearances
GSGames started
Grand SlamA four-run home run
Four baggerHome run
Sweet spotThe part of the bat that provides the best contact
MadduxComplete game shutout with less than 100 pitches
IBBIntentional bases on balls
GGames played
PBPassed balls
Three baggerTriple
LIPSLate inning pressured situations
Put out firesGet out of difficult situations
Backdoor sliderA pitch that breaks over the plate
MBFAMake baseball fun again
ILInjured list
MLBPAMajor League Baseball Players Association
LOOGYLeft-handed One Out Guy
HopsJumping ability
oppoOpposite field
CannonAn impressive throwing arm
BombHome run
HotboxBaserunner stranded between two bases
WheelhouseHitter's power zone
LOBLeft on base
innInnings played
CheddarGood fastball
JamTo pitch near a batter's hands
RPIRatings Percentage Index
E9Error made by the right fielder
Blowing a raspberryMaking a jeering noise
Touch em allHome run
Frozen ropeLine drive baseball hit
CGLComplete game losses
PAPlate appearances
BushAmateur play
RibRun batted in
CGComplete games
HBPHit by pitch
CheeseGood fastball
GRSLGrand Slams
Table setterA player who gets on base so other hitters can hit him in
NLCSNational League Championship Series
Tater trotHome run trot
EREarned runs
Line driveHard hit baseball in the air
Texas LeaguerWeak fly ball hit to the outfield
OBPOn-base Percentage
CFCenter field
E2Error made by the catcher
E8Error made by the center fielder
Around the hornDouble play from third to second to first base
Triple playThree outs on the same play
BrushbackPitch that almost hits the hitter
High and tightHigh and inside pitch
PickleBaserunner stranded between two bases
HillPitcher's mound
On the buttonHard hit ball
Paint the blackTo pitch the ball over the edge of home plate
RopeLine drive baseball hit
sacSacrifice bunts
OFAOutfield assists
RFRange factor
AOFly outs
GOGround outs
Bases loadedBaserunners on all three bases
HBHit batsmen
IPInnings pitched
IRAInherited runs allowed
RWRelief wins
FiremanLate-inning relief pitcher
CutterCut fastball
WhiffSwinging strikeout
URUnearned runs