Baseball Terms Glossary
(Starting with "Q")
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This is an alphabetical list of selected unofficial and specialized terms,
phrases, and other jargon used in baseball, and their
definitions, including illustrative examples for many entries.
quality at bat
- An at bat in which the batter is productive in a way that fits the
situation, whether that involves advancing the runner with a sacrifice
bunt or even a ground ball out, getting on base, or making the pitcher
throw a lot of pitches. Thus a quality at bat is not measured simply
by the standard batting statistics such as batting average, on-base
percentage, or slugging average. Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer:
"Seeing a lot of pitches, fighting bad pitches off – basically,
just waiting for a pitch you can handle. Whether you’re a power guy,
or more of a slap hitter guy, if you find a pitch you’re comfortable
in handling, that’s a quality at-bat. If you get on base or drive a
ball up the gap, you pretty much know you had a good plate appearance.
But it’s mostly about making sure you get your pitch."
- When a starter pitches at least 6 complete innings and allows 3 or
fewer earned runs -- even in a loss. A pitcher can perform well yet
not be involved in the win-loss "decision". This statistic
was developed by sportswriter John Lowe to capture an aspect of pitcher
performance that is not part of the standard statistics collected by
Major League Baseball. It is catching on among baseball players and
management, but also has some skeptics. Former Houston Astros manager
Jimy Williams was said to hate this statistic. "Quality start?"
he would harumph. "Quality means you win."
- An illegal pitch where the ball thrown is before the batter is set
in the batter's box. (Official Rules of Baseball, Rule 8.05(e)) If there
is no one on base, the pitch is called a ball, but if there are any
number of runners on base, it is ruled a balk. The ruling of a quick
pitch is always up to the umpire.
- When a pitcher prevents the opposing hitters from getting a lot of
hits, or big hits, he's said to have "quieted some bats." "Iowa's starting
pitcher, Jarred Hippen was able to quiet the Spartans' bats the rest
of the way to seal the victory". Headline: "Miscues, Quiet Bats, Cost
- A batter who holds his head, hands, and bat very still while awaiting
the pitch may be said to have a quiet swing. "Hideki Matsui's quiet
swing and stance are a big part of the reason why he is able to hit
for both power and average.
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Published - February 2011
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