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
MLBMajor League Baseball
HRHome run
ROYRookie of the Year
GFGames finished
DFSDaily Fantasy Sports
RBIRuns batted in
2BSecond base
DLDisabled list
BasebrawlBaseball brawl
CloserA relief pitcher that finishes a baseball game
TPTriple play
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
TripleHit that results in the batter getting to third base
SLGSlugging percentage
Chin musicPitch that nearly hits the batter's head
Can of cornAn easy catch by a fielder
Mendoza line.200 batting average
On deckBatting second
Bases juicedBaserunners on all three bases
Trade baitA good player that entices other teams to trade for him
NLDSNational League Division Series
DingerHome run
LCSLeague Championship Series
HomerHome run
MeatballEasy pitch to hit
WheelsFast legs
BloopWeakly hit fly ball
SingleHit that results in the batter getting to first base
1BFirst 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
GGames played
Annie OakleyFree pass
Millennial baseballA baseball strategy of swinging for home runs instead of base hits
ERAEarned run average
YardHome run
ALCSAmerican League Championship Series
AceBest starting pitcher
MashTo hit a baseball well
SPStarting pitcher
RuthianPowerful
GrounderBaseball hit on the ground
DoubleHit that results in the batter getting to second base
WARWins Above Replacement
RFRight field
CinderellaUnderdog sports team
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
RRuns
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
BagBase
GSHGrand Slams
SVSaves
PeaA ball traveling at a high speed
PunchoutStrikeout
YakkerCurve ball
Round-tripperHome run
BustA player who does not perform well
BBBases on balls
RibbyRun batted in
ABAt bat
CSCaught stealing
KStrikeouts
ALDSAmerican League Division Series
RPRelief pitcher
CCatcher
Ride the pineSit on the bench
Hot cornerThird base
SouthpawLeft-handed pitcher
CycleSingle, double, triple, and home run
Baltimore chopBaseball hit that takes a large hop over an infielder
LFLeft field
SSShortstop
E7Error made by the left fielder
Bronx cheerNoise that signals mockery
DishHome plate
In the holeBatting third
Uncle CharlieCurve ball
WSWorld Series
LOBLeft on base
GIDPGround into double play
SFSacrifice Flies
TPATotal plate appearances
GSGames started
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
PBPassed balls
Three baggerTriple
LIPSLate inning pressured situations
Put out firesGet out of difficult situations
Backdoor sliderA pitch that breaks over the plate
ShelledBeaten badly
MBFAMake baseball fun again
MLBPAMajor League Baseball Players Association
LOOGYLeft-handed One Out Guy
BombHome run
PPitcher
OFOutfield
EErrors
HotboxBaserunner stranded between two bases
WheelhouseHitter's power zone
Touch em allHome run
Grand SlamFour-run home run
innInnings played
bkBalks
LLosses
JamTo pitch near a batter's hands
E9Error made by the right fielder
Blowing a raspberryMaking a jeering noise
CheeseGood fastball
Frozen ropeLine drive baseball hit
PAPlate appearances
BushAmateur play
CheddarGood fastball
RibRun batted in
CGComplete games
RPIRatings Percentage Index
HBPHit by pitch
GRSLGrand Slams
Table setterA player who gets on base so other hitters can hit him in
HeaterFastball
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
LeatherDefense ability
HillPitcher's mound
On the buttonHard hit ball
NPNumber of pitches
PutoutOut
POPutouts
Paint the blackTo pitch the ball over the edge of home plate
RopeLine drive baseball hit
sacSacrifice bunts
OFAOutfield assists
RFRange factor
AOFly outs
CGLComplete game losses
GOGround outs
Bases loadedBaserunners on all three bases
HBHit batsmen
hldHold
IPInnings pitched
IRAInherited runs allowed
RWRelief wins
FiremanLate-inning relief pitcher
CutterCut fastball
WhiffSwinging strikeout
URUnearned runs
ILInjured list