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Selig Hall of Fame Plaza

List of Baseball Terms used in Selig Hall of Fame Plaza
Term Definition
5.5 Hole The 5.5 hole is the area of the infield between the third baseman & shortstop. Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn, became known for his success in hitting into the "5.5 hole."
Ace A baseball team's best and most consistent starting pitcher is the team's "ace."
Around the Horn A play goes "around the horn" when the ball is hit to the third baseman, who then throws to second base for one out, and the ball is then thrown to first base for a second out.
Béisbol Spanish word for "baseball."
Bullpen The area in a ballpark where pitchers warm up during a game. Also refers to the relief pitchers on a team (ex: The Padres had a strong "bullpen" in 2006.)
Can of Corn An easy catch made for an out is a "can of corn."
Chin Music When a pitch is thrown high and inside to a batter, very close to the head it is referred to as "chin music."
Cup of Coffee When a minor league player is called up for only a short stay in the Major Leagues before they are sent back to the minors. (ex: He just came up for a "cup of coffee" and then returned to the team's affiliate in Portland.)
Cutter A fastball thrown with a slight curve arriving at home plate away from the side of the plate from which it is thrown is known as a "cutter."
Dinger A home run is also known as a "dinger."
Dish The term "dish" is another name for home plate.
Double Play A "double play" is a play made which includes two consecutive outs.
Ducks on the Pond When there are at least two runners on base it is referred to as having "ducks on the pond."
Five-Tool Player A player who excels in five fundamental abilities (speed, fielding, throwing, hitting for power and hitting for average) is referred to as a "five-tool player."
Four Bagger A "four bagger" is another name for a home run.
Frozen Rope A very hard and low-hit line drive is known as a "frozen rope."
Fungo The long, narrow bat used to hit practice fly balls and grounders during warm-ups is known as a "fungo" bat.
Gold Glove The "Gold Glove" award is given annually to the best fielder at his position in both the American and National Leagues. Between 1969 and 2006 six different Padres have received this award a total of 18 times.
Hit and Run A "hit and run" play happens when the batter is asked to swing at the pitch to try and hit the ball, while the base runner simultaneously attempts to steal a base.
Hot Corner The "hot corner" is a term used when referring to third base.
Knuckler A "knuckler" is a pitch that is thrown by holding the baseball with the knuckles (or fingertips), causing the ball to move slowly and unpredictably.
Oh, Doctor! A favorite saying of San Diego broadcaster and 2005 Ford C. Frick Award winner Jerry Coleman. After a spectacular play you can hear him say, "Oh, Doctor , you can hang a star on that baby!"
Pepper "Pepper" is a warm-up game in which an infielder quickly tosses a ball to a batter at close range and the batter hits it back to the infielder.
Pickle A "pickle" is a play in which a base runner is trapped between bases and fielders are tossing the ball back and forth as the runner tries to reach either base safely.
Ramicackle A "ramicackle" refers to a line drive hit. This term is often used during Padres home games.
Shoestring Catch The words "shoestring catch" are used when a fielder makes a running catch just above his shoe tops.
Silver Slugger The "Silver Slugger" award is given annually to the best offensive player at his position in both the American and National Leagues. Between 1969 and 2006 six different Padres have received this award a total of 17 times.
Snowcone A "snowcone" catch is a catch made by a fielder where the ball is caught and is still showing at the top of the web of the fielder's glove.
Southpaw A "southpaw" is another name for a left-handed pitcher.
Squeeze Play A "squeeze play" is a play made when the runner on third base tries to score as the pitch is delivered, and the batter is expected to bunt.
Turn Two The words "turn two" are used when referring to a double-play.
Wheelhouse A hitter's power zone is known as his "wheelhouse."
Yard "Yard" is a term that refers to both a ballpark and a home run.
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