We are about halfway thru baseball szn and since football, basketball and hockey are now over, it\'s time to focus on the men in baseball pants. You hear the boys talk about their Fantasy Leagues and quietly laugh at their team names like, \'Stanton Island Dump, Honey Nut Ichiros, and the Tampa Bay Carly Rae\'s.\' But, beyond that, wtf do these baseball terms even mean?
We’re gonna break it down for ya. These are the terms that are easy enough to remember and brought to mildly impress someone. What more can you ask for?
Error - We typically see this word when we swipe our credit card at Nordstrom, but alas...it\'s a baseball term. An \'error\' is basically making a mistake. This is when a fielder f\'s up and doesn\'t make the play they\'re generally expected to make and results in the runner getting on base. Usually super embarrassing and ego\'s will definitely need to be stroked.
Ex: A fly ball is dropped, a ground ball is bobbled = error.
Double Play - When a batter hits the ball while someone is already on any base and both players get out. A very common and routine play. *A triple play is much more rare and impressive.
RBI - We\'ve all heard this but wtf does it mean? It stands for Runs Batted In. This means a batter hits the ball and someone already on base, scores. A batter could suck but have a lot of RBI\'s so that\'s good, I guess.
On base percentage - A great statistic to ask your boo about to make it seem like you care when he won\'t get off his phone at dinner (you know who you are). This is a stat that measures how often a player gets on base. Players want a high \'on base percentage.\' Hits, walks & hit-by-pitch will raise your %. Fly balls and reaching base by error hurt it.
ERA - Basebol loves their acronyms. Earned Run Average is a stat for pitchers. This measures the average amount of runs the pitcher allows over 9 innings. Pitchers want the lowest ERA as possible - which would mean they don\'t allow a lot of runs to score. If you\'re number is under 3, you\'re great. If you\'re over 4...not great.
And that\'s in. Go forth with your knowledge!