야구 용어집

  1. 야구는 9명으로 편을 이룬 두 팀이 9회에 걸쳐 공격과 수비를 번갈아 가며 공격을 시도하는 경기이다. 투수가 던진 공을 나무 또는 메탈로 만들어진 배트로 쳐, 세 개의 베이스 (27m 간격/ 90피트)를 돌아 홈에 들어오면 득점이 인정된다. 그 경기에서 더 많은 득점을 거둔 팀이 승리하게 된다.
  2. 야구공은 직경 7 cm (3인치)로 코르크 심에 고무 층을 두른 후 실로 감고, 가죽을 씌워 만든 공을 말한다.

야구의 기원은 정확히 언제인지 확실치 않다. 경기의 흔적은 배트와 볼의 흔적으로 고대 이집트 때로 추정되며, 약 2000년 전에 사용되던 볼이 런던 영국박물관에 전시돼 있다.
현재 루마니아 지역인 Walacchia 에서 즐겨 하던 경기가 야구로 불리어졌다. (유럽에서는 몰도바와 루마니아 연맹이 계속해서 경기를 가졌고, 14세기의 러시아 (Lapta)도 마찬가지였다. 배트와 볼을 사용해 하던 이 경기는 1330년대 프랑스 승려들 사이에서 매우 인기 있었다. 같은 시기에 William Pagula에 의해 만들어진 시 한편에 스툴볼 (Stoolball)이 소개됐으며, 소젖을 짜는 일을 하던 여성들이 즐겨 했다. 독일인들도 즐겨 했고, 이 경기는 ‘Schlagball’로 불리었다 (한팀당 12명의 선수로 구성됐다). 이 경기는 Kiel 지역에서 아직까지 이뤄지고 있으며, 매년 두 번의 대회가 개최되고 있다.
야구가 라운더스 (Rounders)에서 비롯됐다는 증거는 충분치 않다. 사실, 라운더스 경기는 19세기 미국에서 성행한 타운볼 (Town Ball)로 발전했다. (타운볼은 베이스 대신 포스트를 사용했으며, 타자는 안타 없이 주루 시도가 가능했다.)
야구와 라운더스는 크리켓과 같은 기원을 가진 것으로 보여진다. 이 경기는 14세기 Flemish에 의해 영국에 소개됐지만, 조직화된 스포츠로의 발전은 17세기에 이뤄졌다.
한편, 18세기 영국에서 성행하던 야구의 흔적은 분명했다. 영국 작가 Jane Austen은 그의 소설 “Northanger Abbey”에서 여성 주인공Catherine Morlan가 크리켓과 야구, 말타기와 조깅을 즐겨 하는 모습을 묘사했다. (이 책은 1790년대 작성됐지만, 사후 1818년에 출판됐다.) 독일 작가 Johann Gutsmuth 또한 1796년 인기 서적에서 영국야구로 불리는 경기를 언급했다.
오늘날 우리가 알고 있는 야구를 영국 경기로 단정짓기는 어렵다. 사실, 영국야구로 불리는 경기가 존재한다. 이 경기는 지금도 웨일즈 (Wales) 지역에서 이뤄지고 있으며, 특징은 11명의 선수가 야구의 투수가 아닌, 크리켓과 같이 볼을 던지는 투수와 함께 한다는 점이다. 2이닝 동안 실시되며, 각 팀의 모든 타자가 타석의 기회를 가진 후 1이닝이 종료되는 경기방식이다. 타자가 한 베이스를 밟을 때 마다 득점으로 인정된다.

18세기
18세기 후반에는 야구에 특별한 변화가 있었던 것으로 보여진다. 투수 출신 Al Spalding와 스포츠용품제조회사는 야구에 관한 믿을 만한 일화를 접했다. 육군 대장 Abner Doubleday가 1839년 미국 원어민들이 살고 있던 Cooperstown 지역에서 야구를 탄생시켰다는 것이다. Doubleday 는 세미놀 (Seminoles) 전쟁의 영웅이었으며, 남북전쟁에 참전을 앞두고 있었다.
Doubleday에 의해 발견된 것으로 보이는 야구가 다이어몬드 모양의 필드까지 그가 구상해 냈는지는 확실치 않다. 경기규칙을 실제로 창안한 사람은 뉴욕 출신 작가, Alexander Cartwright 였다. 그는 1839년 Knickerbockers 팀을 발견했고, 1845년 경기규칙을 작성했다. (그가 완성한 규칙은 1953년 총회에서 승인받았다.) 그리고 1846년 6월, 미국 뉴저지(New Jersey) 호보켄 (Hoboken) 에서 조직화된 야구경기가 이뤄졌다. 그러나 그 경기는 북미지역에서의 첫 번째 경기는 아니었다. 오늘날의 야구와 가까운 조직화된 경기는 1838년 6월, 캐나다, 온타리오 (Ontario)에서 먼저 이뤄졌다.

조직화된 야구
몇 년 안에 야구는 첫 번째 프로스포츠로 발전했다. 1850년 미국에서는 야구선수협회 (The National Association of Baseball Players, NABBP) 를 창설했고, 1876년에는 첫 야구리그가 시작됐다.
미국은 야구를 세계스포츠로 발전시키기 위한 많은 노력을 기울였다. 프로선수 Esteban Bellan는 1878년 쿠바에서 치러진 경기에서 처음 소개됐다.(야구는 캐리비안 전 지역에 전파됐다.) 1870년에는 배트와 볼이 일본에 전해졌다. (곧 Horace Wilson의 도움으로 한국과 타이완에도 전달됐다.) 조직화된 야구경기는 1888~1889년 호주, 뉴질랜드, 그리고 남태평양 지역에 전파됐다. 1889년 2월에는 Albert Spalding에 의해 이탈리아에도 알려졌다. 그 후, 19세기 후반 영국에서 선수권대회가 열렸다.
야구는 20세기에 진정한 국제스포츠로 성장했다. 1903년까지 미국 야구리그는 월드시리즈로 발전하는데 어려움이 있었다. 하지만, 조직화된 야구는 다음과 같이 전 세계로 뻗어나갔다: 1922년 네덜란드, 1934년 호주, 1936년 일본, 1938년 푸에르토리코, 1945년 베네수엘라, 멕시코, 1948년 이탈리아.

C – Chances | Represent the number of opportunities he/she has to record an out. The formula for chances is: assists plus putouts plus errors.
PO – Put Outs | a fielder is credited with a putout when he is the fielder who physically records the act of completing an out – whether it be by stepping on the base for a forceout, tagging a runner, catching a batted ball, or catching a third strike.
A – Assists | Awarded to a fielder who touches the ball before a putout is recorded by another fielder.
E – Errors | A fielder is given an error if, in the judgment of the official scorer, he fails to convert an out on a play that an average fielder should have made.
FLD% – Fielding Percentage | Answers how often does a fielder or team make the play when tasked with fielding a batted ball, throwing a ball, or receiving a thrown ball for an out. The formula is simple: the total number of putouts and assists by a defender, divided by the total number of chances (putouts, assists and errors).
DP – Double Play | occurs when two offensive players are ruled out within the same play.
SBA – Stolen Bases Allowed (Pitcher and Catcher) | number of times a runner successfully stole a base.
CSB – Caught Stealing (Pitcher/Catcher) | number of times a runner was caught stealing.
SBA% – Stolen Bases Against Percentage (Pitcher and Catcher) | refers to the frequency with which a catcher/pitcher throw out opposing baserunners who are trying to steal. The formula is simple: CSB divided by total stolen-base attempts (both successful and unsuccessful) against that catcher/pitcher.
PB – Passed Ball (Catcher) | a catcher is given a passed ball if he cannot hold onto a pitch that, in the official scorer’s judgment, he should have, and as a result at least one runner moves up on the bases. 
CI – Catcher’s Interference | when a catcher (or any other fielder) interferes with a batter at any point during a pitch, the batter is awarded first base if the catcher.

AB – At Bat | an at-bat comes when a batter reaches base via a fielder’s choice, hit or an error (not including catcher’s interference) or when a batter is put out on a non-sacrifice.
R – Run | a player is awarded a run if he crosses the plate to score his team a run.
H – Hit | occurs when a batter strikes the baseball into fair territory and reaches base without doing so via an error or a fielder’s choice.
2B – Double | a batter is credited with a double when he hits the ball into play and reaches second base without the help of an intervening error or attempt to put out another baserunner.
3B – Triple | a triple occurs when a batter hits the ball into play and reaches third base without the help of an intervening error or attempt to put out another baserunner.
HR – Home Run | occurs when a batter hits a fair ball and scores on the play without being put out or without the benefit of an error.
RBI – Run Batted In | a batter is credited with an RBI in most cases where the result of his plate appearance is a run being scored. There are a few exceptions, however. A player does not receive an RBI when the run scores as a result of an error or ground into double play.
TB – Total Bases | refer to the number of bases gained by a batter through his hits. A batter records one total base for a single, two total bases for a double, three total bases for a triple and four total bases for a home run.
AVG – Batting Average | batting average is determined by dividing a player’s hits by his total at-bats for a number between zero (shown as .000) and one (1.000).
SLG – Slugging Percentage | represents the total number of bases a player records per at-bat. The formula for slugging percentage is: (1B + 2Bx2 + 3Bx3 + HRx4)/AB.
OBP – On Base Percentage | refers to how frequently a batter reaches base per plate appearance. Times on base include hits, walks and hit-by-pitches, but do not include errors, times reached on a fielder’s choice or a dropped third strike. 
OPS – On Base Plus Slugging Percentage | adds on-base percentage and slugging percentage to get one number that unites the two. It’s meant to combine how well a hitter can reach base, with how well he can hit for average and for power.
BB – Base on Balls | occurs when a pitcher throws four pitches out of the strike zone, none of which are swung at by the hitter.
HBP – Hit by Pitch | occurs when a batter is struck by a pitched ball without swinging at it. He is awarded first base as a result. Strikes supersede hit-by-pitches, meaning if the umpire rules that the pitch was in the strike zone or that the batter swung, the HBP is nullified.
SO – Strike Out | represents the number of times a batter records an out by striking out, both looking and swinging.
GDP – Ground into Double Play | occurs when a player hits a ground ball that results in multiple outs on the bases.
SF – Sacrifice Fly | occurs when a batter hits a fly-ball out to the outfield or foul territory that allows a runner to score.
SH – Sacrifice Hit | occurs when a player is successful in his attempt to advance a runner (or multiple runners) at least one base with a bunt.
SB – Stolen Base | number of times a player steals a base.
CS – Caught Stealing | number of times a runner is recorded as an out while attempting to steal a base.

W – Win | a pitcher receives a win when he is the pitcher of record when his team takes the lead for good — with a couple rare exceptions. First, a starting pitcher must pitch at least five innings (in a traditional game of nine innings or longer) to qualify for the win. If he does not, the official scorer awards the win to the most effective relief pitcher.
L – Loss | a pitcher receives a loss when a run that is charged to him proves to be the go-ahead run in the game, giving the opposing team a lead it never gives up.
ERA – Earned Run Average | represents the number of earned runs a pitcher allows per nine innings (or the length of the game of the category), with earned runs being any runs that scored without the aid of an error or a passed ball.
APP – Appearance | a pitcher is credited with an appearance if he pitches in a given game.
GS – Game Started | a pitcher is credited with a game started if he is the first pitcher to throw a pitch for his team in a given game.
CG – Complete Game | a pitcher earns a complete game if he pitches the entire game for his team regardless of how long it lasts.
SHO – Shutout | a starting pitcher is credited with a shutout when he pitches the entire game for a team and does not allow the opposition to score.
IP – Innings Pitched | measures the number of innings a pitcher remains in a game. Because there are three outs in an inning, each out recorded represents one-third of an inning pitched.
H – Hits | total hits allowed by pitcher.
R – Runs | the number of runs the pitcher has allowed, both earned and unearned.
ER – Earned Runs | any run that scores against a pitcher without the benefit of an error or a passed ball. Often, it is the judgment of the official scorer as to whether a specific run would’ve scored without the defensive mishap.
BB – Base on Balls | refers to how many walks the pitcher has allowed.
SO – Strike Out | occurs when a pitcher throws any combination of three swinging or looking strikes to a hitter. (A foul ball counts as a strike, but it cannot be the third and final strike of the at-bat. A foul tip, which is caught by the catcher, is considered a third strike.)
2B – Doubles Allowed | refers to how many doubles the pitcher has allowed.
3B – Triples Allowed | refers to how many triples the pitcher has allowed.
HR – Home Runs Allowed| refers to how many home runs the pitcher has allowed.
AB – At Bats Against | a count of the number of total at bats against a certain pitcher or team.
B/AVG – Opponent Batting Average | hits allowed divided by at-bats faced
WP – Wild Pitch | a pitcher is charged with a wild pitch when his pitch is so errant that the catcher is unable to control it and, as a result, baserunner(s) advance.
HBP – Hit by Pitch |times hit a batter with pitch, allowing runner to advance to first base.
BK – Balk | occurs when a pitcher makes an illegal motion on the mound that the umpire deems to be deceitful to the runner(s). As a result, any men on base are awarded the next base, and the pitch (if it was thrown in the first place) is waved off for a dead ball.
SFA – Sacrifice Flies Allowed | refers to how many successful sacrifice flies the pitcher has allowed.
SHA – Sacrifice Hits Allowed | refers to how many successful bunts the pitcher has allowed.
GO – Ground Outs | occurs when a batter hits a ball on the ground to a fielder, who records an out by throwing to or stepping on first base. It can also occur when the batter reaches first base — and the defence instead opts to record an out elsewhere via a “fielder’s choice.”
FO – Fly Outs | occurs when a batter hits the ball in the air and an opposing defender catches it before it hits the ground or fence.
NP – Number of Pitches | total number of pitches is determined by all the pitches he throws in live game action, including strikes, unintentional balls and intentional balls.

Changeup – CH | is one of the slowest pitches thrown in baseball, and it is predicated on deception.
Curveball – CU | is a breaking pitch that has more movement than just about any other pitch. It is thrown slower and with more overall break than a slider, and it is used to keep hitters off-balance.
Cutter – FC | is a version of the fastball, designed to move slightly away from the pitcher’s arm-side as it reaches home plate.
Eephus – EP | is known for its exceptionally low speed and ability to catch a hitter off guard.
Forkball – FO | is known for its severe downward break as it approaches the plate.
Four-Seam Fastball – FA | is almost always the fastest and straightest pitch a pitcher throws.
Knuckleball – KN | eliminates almost all of the spin on the baseball, causing it to move unpredictably on its way to the plate.
Knuckle-curve – KC | produces the desired effect of the two pitches, a slow curveball break mixed with the unpredictable movement of the knuckleball.
Screwball – SC | a breaking ball designed to move in the opposite direction of just about every other breaking pitch.
Sinker SI | a pitch with hard downward movement, known for inducing ground balls.
Slider – SL | a breaking pitch that is thrown faster and generally with less overall movement than a curveball.
Splitter FS | thrown by gripping the ball with his two fingers “split” on opposite sides of the ball. When thrown with the effort of a fastball, the splitter will drop sharply as it nears home plate.
Two-Seam Fastball -FT | is slower than a four-seam fastball, but has more movement. With a two-seam fastball, the ball moves in the same direction as whichever arm is being used to throw it.

Baserunner | stands on or close to first base, second base and third base at the time a pitch is thrown. Once the pitch is thrown, baserunners can try to advance to the next base — on a stolen-base attempt or after the ball is put into play. The ultimate goal of a baserunner is to score.
Batter | stand a few inches to the right or left of home plate and attempt to put the ball in play against an opposing pitcher. Right-handed batters stand on the third-base side of home plate, and left-handed batters situate toward the first-base side of the plate.
Catcher – 2 | crouches directly behind home plate and is primarily responsible for receiving all of a pitcher’s pitches.
Center Fielder – 8 | covers the middle portion of the outfield.
Closer – 1 (Pitcher) | Closers stand on the pitching mound, which is located in the center of the infield and 60 feet, six inches away from home plate. A closer is often considered the best relief pitcher that a club has in its bullpen. Closers are most often deployed for the final inning of a game when a narrow lead, three runs or less — needs to be protected.
Coach | assist their managers in decision-making.
DH – Designated Hitter | is a player who bats in place of the pitcher.
First-base Coach | stands in foul ground, just behind the first-base bag, and helps relay signals from the dugout to both batters and baserunners. 
First Baseman – 3 | positioned to the right of the first-base bag and toward the back of the infield dirt when no runner occupies first base or on the first-base bag after a batter reaches first base.
Hitting Coach | instruct players on matters related to hitting, such as batting mechanics, plate discipline and preparation.
Left Fielder – 7 | covers the left portion of the outfield grass.
Manager | responsible for writing out the daily lineup and making in-game tactical decisions (e.g. pitching changes and decisions regarding pinch-hitting, pinch-running and defensive replacements).
Official Scorer | the person appointed to observe from the press box and record the outcome of everything that happens during a game, and to make judgment calls that affect the official record of said game. The official scorer files a report after each game for documentation purposes.
Pitching Coach | instruct pitchers on pitching mechanics, pitch selection and preparation while also providing insight into the weaknesses of opposing hitters.
Relief Pitcher – 1 (Pitcher) | relief pitchers stand on the pitching mound, which is located in the center of the infield and 60 feet, six inches away from home plate.
Relief pitchers enter games after the starting pitcher has been removed, usually as a result of poor performance, high pitch count or injury.
Right Fielder – 9 | covers the right portion of the outfield grass.
Second Baseman – 4 | positions himself between the first- and second-base bags (closer to second base), typically toward the back of the infield dirt.
Shortstop – 6 | positions himself between the third baseman and the second-base bag.
Starting Pitcher – 1 (Pitcher) | stand on the pitching mound, which is located in the center of the infield and 60 feet, six inches away from home plate. Starting pitchers, as the position name indicates, are the pitchers that begin each game on the mound for a team.
Tournament Commissioner – TC | Monitoring tournament organisation to ensure respect of the Norms, By Laws and the Host City Contract is being adhered to.
Third-base Coach | stands in foul ground, just behind the third-base bag, and helps relay signals from the dugout to both batters and baserunners.
Third Baseman – 5 | positions himself in the vicinity of the third-base bag, facing home plate with the base in front of him and to the right.
Umpire | responsible for enforcing on-field rules and rendering decisions on judgment calls such as: Whether a batter or baserunner is safe or out, and whether a pitched baseball is a strike or a ball.

Ace | refers to a team’s best pitcher, though it can also be used to describe an elite pitcher in general. Therefore, a team with multiple elite pitchers is said to have more than one ace.
Appeal Plays | the defensive team can appeal certain plays to alert the umpires of infractions that would otherwise be allowed without the appeal. 
Balk | is an illegal act by the pitcher when one or more runners are on base.
Batter’s Box | A regulation baseball field has two batter’s boxes — one on the left side and one on the right side of home plate.
Catcher’s Interference | the batter is awarded first base if the catcher (or any other fielder) interferes with him at any point during a pitch.
Can of Corn | a routine fly ball hit to an outfielder.
Collision at Home Plate | the baserunner is not allowed to deviate from his direct path to initiate contact with the catcher (or any player covering the plate).
Dead Ball | is a ball that is out of play.
Designated Hitter Rule – DH | the designated hitter rule allows teams to use another player to bat in place of the pitcher. 
Fair Ball / Foul Ball | the foul lines and foul poles are used to demarcate fair territory and, thus, determine what constitutes a fair ball.
Force Play | occurs when a baserunner is no longer permitted to legally occupy a base and must attempt to advance to the next base.
Infield Fly | any fair fly ball (not including a line drive or a bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort when first and second or first, second and third base are occupied, before two men are out.
K | a strikeout.
Obstruction | an act by a fielder, who is not in possession of the ball or in the process of fielding it, that impedes the baserunner’s progress.
Pickle | a rundown.
Southpaw | a left-handed pitcher.
Strike Zone | is the area over home plate from the midpoint between a batter’s shoulders and the top of the uniform pants, when the batter is in his stance and prepared to swing at a pitched ball, and a point just below the kneecap. In order to get a strike call, part of the ball must cross over part of home plate while in the aforementioned area.
Walk-off | any offensive play that gives the home team the lead, and thus, the win, in the bottom of the last inning.

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