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