Baseball 101: Your Guide to Watching a Corpus Christi Hooks Game
The CC Hooks open for the 2018 season this April with the very first home game happening Thursday, April 12th!
Going to see a Corpus Christi Hooks game? Get in the know with the terms you'll be hearing throughout the night.
Baseball Terms 101
Bullpen: an area where relief pitchers and closers warm up prior to coming into the game to pitch
Reliever: a pitcher who enters a game “to relieve” and replace a previous pitcher in the game
Closer: a pitcher who is used to “close” the game in the ninth or extra innings when the game is in a “save situation”
Position: when scoring a game, each position has a designated number. 1. Pitcher 2. Catcher 3. 1st base 4. 2nd base 5. 3rd base 6. Shortstop 7. Left field 8. Center field 9. Right field
Balk: an illegal action by a pitcher which results in advancing the base runners
Clean-up hitter: the fourth hitter in a batting lineup. He is considered to have the most power on the team and bats fourth with the intention of bringing runners who are on base home
Walk-off: a walk-off occurs in the bottom of the ninth or extra innings when the team at bat is either behind or tied and runs are scored to end the game
RBI (run batted in)
RBI (run batted in): a stat that is credited to a batter when making a play that allows a runner to score
ERA (earned run average)
ERA (earned run average): a pitching stat that is equated by dividing the number of earned runs allowed by a pitcher by the number of innings pitched and multiplying by nine
Batting average: a hitting statistic that is equated by the number of hits divided by the number of at-bats for each player
Designated hitter: in the American League, a player can hit in place of the pitcher in the lineup. The National League does not allow designated hitters
Stolen base: When a player is on base and advances without the ball being put into play
Sacrifice bunt: When a player bunts the baseball with the intention of being called out in order to advance a runner who is on base
Minor League system
Minor League system: Each Major League team has a number of Minor League teams which they develop their players through. Levels of the Minor League system include rookie, short-season A, Full season A, A-Advanced, Double-A, and Triple-A.