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Table Setter
Batter whose job is to get on base for other hitters to drive him in. Usually a leadoff or No. 2 hitter.
Tag 1.
An action runners must perform before they can advance on a fly ball. Runners must touch the base they occupy after the ball is caught before they can try to advance. Runners can leave their base before a ball it hit, but must return and touch the base if the ball is caught. 2. An action executed when a defensive player touches a runner with the ball in an attempt to get them out.
Tag Up
A rule allowing the base runner to return to his originating base when a fly ball is hit, who can then advance to the next base once the ball is caught by a defender.
Take One for the Team!
Response from offensive batting side when their batter is nearly hit by the pitched ball. If he had been hit, he would have been able to get on base automatically. Often a flippant or joking comment. This phrase is often used in Australian club baseball in this situation but may originate from America.
Tape-Measure Blast
An extremely long home run.
A home run.
Total Bases
Total Bases on Balls
Total Batters Faced
Total Chances
Team (Team)
Team in which the player is currently on or was once a member of.
Team Win/Loss Percentage
The percentage of games a team has won. Divide a team's wins by their total games played. Every team wants to be above .500.
Ten and Five Rule
Any player who was 10 years of major-league service time and has spent the previous five years with the same time has the right to veto any trade.
Texas Leaguer
A bloop hit that drops between an infielder and outfielder.
The Baseball
Spectator's term, following an Australian idiom convention which places an article before a sporting event noun such as "I left The Tennis to go watch The Baseball".
The Commish
Former Notre Dame baseball player Rick Chryst was named commissioner of the Mid-American Conference on May 11, 1999. Chryst spent the previous seven years at the Atlantic Coast Conference, last serving as assistant commissioner in charge of marketing, television, corporate programs, legal affairs, special events and outreach programs. He earlier had spent three years as an assistant commissioner with the Southwest Conference. Chryst-a native of Plateville, Wis.-was an all-conference outfielder for the 1983 Irish baseball team, graduated magna cum laude with an economics degree and received his law degree from Duke in 1989.
The Eck
Notre Dame has enjoyed great success at Frank Eck Stadium (see pp. 60-61), located on the southeast corner of campus. The Irish won more than 80 percent of their games at "The Eck" during the facility's first seven seasons (169-40, .809, 1994-2000), highlighted by a 25-2 mark in '97 and a 140-33 home record (.809) during the first six years under head coach Paul Mainieri. The Irish head into 2001 with victories in 96 of their last 118 games (.814) at Eck Stadium (since late in the '96 season), including a 43-9 mark in home BIG EAST games during that stretch.
The Nineties
Notre Dame posted the seventh-highest winning percentage among Division I baseball teams during the 1990s (.724, 440-168), behind Wichita State, Miami (Fla.), Clemson, Florida State, LSU and Delaware.
Reference to third base, often used by fielders denoting where to throw a fielder ball for a putout as in "THREE! THREE! THREE!"
Tight Bases
A rule for younger players that does NOT allow them to take a ‘lead’, or steal bases.
Times on Base
Hits plus walks plus hit by pitch
Tools of Ignorance
Catcher's equipment.
Top Job
Australian encouragement term, used widely in baseball to complement a player on a good performance.
Top-Five Conference
BIG EAST baseball heads into 2001 with a prestigious ranking from Baseball America, which rated the BIG EAST as the nation's fifth-best Division I baseball conference, behind traditional power conferences (SEC, ACC, Pac-10, Big 12). Four current BIG EAST teams participated in the 2000 NCAAs: Notre Dame, Rutgers, Seton Hall and newcomer Virginia Tech (formerly of the Atlantic-10). Five other current BIG EAST teams advanced to the NCAAs in the 1990s while the league consistently has produced high draft picks and NCAA statistical leaders (see p. 89). TRAVEL - Notre Dame's schedule regularly takes the baseball team to top-notch facilities and noteworthy cities. In Paul Mainieri's seven seasons, the Irish have visited: Fullerton and Long Beach, Calif., Seattle, Wash. (Kingdome), San Antonio, Texas, four Florida cities (Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and St. Petersburg), Atlanta, Ga., New Orleans, La., Boston, Mass., Washington, D.C., New York City, and Minneapolis, Minn. (Metrodome).
Total Bases
Hits plus Doubles plus (2 times Triples) plus (3 times Home runs).
Total Bases (Tb)
Total number of bases a batter has reached.
Total Chances (Tc)
Putouts plus assists plus errors; total chances offered, not total chances accepted.
Touch 'em All
Hitting a home run (touching all the bases).
Triple Plays
Total Plate Appearances
Trade Demands
Players with five years of experience traded prior to the last year of a multi-year contract may request a trade in the offseason. If that player is not traded by March 15, he can be granted free agency.
Players on the disabled list cannot be traded without permission of the Commissioner.
Trading Deadline
There are two trading deadlines in baseball, July 31 and August 31. July 31 (at 4 PM EDT) is the last day teams can make a trade without having to pass a player through waivers until 5 PM on the day after the scheduled end of the regular season. This results in most of the biggest trades being made at that time. On August 31, teams must set their playoff rosters. By this time, most teams know whether or not they have a shot at the playoffs. Teams who are out of the race will put some of their more expensive players on the block sometimes and offer them in trades. Role players often get moved so they can be pinch-runners, pinch-hitters, or utility players for playoff teams.
A ball hit by a batter that allows him to advance to third base unassisted.
Triple Play
A defensive play that records 3 outs.
Triples (Tr)
Number of hits that resulted in the batter reaching third base.
Twenty-Four Hours
That's nearly how long it took Notre Dame to win four straight games before emerging with the championship trophy at the '89 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Tournament. Due to rain delays and the immediacy of an automatic NCAA bid, the Irish defeated Dayton, 20-4 in a game that started at 1:37 and ended at 4:21 a.m. ... but that was just the beginning. The Irish grabbed what rest they could while beating Evansville (11-2) and Detroit (4-1) before pounding Detroit, 21-10, for the program's first NCAA bid since 1970 (the final game ended at 11:47 p.m.).
Twin Killing
A double play.
Pitcher (circa 1900-1970)
Reference to second base, often used by fielders denoting where to throw a fielded ball for a putout as in "TWO! TWO! TWO!"
Two Base Hit
A hit enabling the batter to safely reach second base. Also called a double.
Two Dead Rally
Real or imagined situation where a batting team hopes to get many runs though their first two batters got out (usually).
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