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What is a DP in Softball and Baseball?

- November 16, 2021

There are two meanings for DP. DP in softball typically stands for Designated Player. In baseball, DP stands for Double Play. We cover both meanings in detail below: What is a DP in Softball? The position is very similar to the Designated Hitter in baseball, but there is a distinct difference. In baseball, the designated […]

What Does ‘Tipping Pitches’ Mean in Baseball?

- November 16, 2021
What Does Tipping Pitches Mean in Baseball

Professional baseball has been in existence for 150 years, and for just about as long, batters have been finding ways to get an advantage at the plate. After all, one of the most difficult things in sports is to hit a fast-moving, relatively small, round ball.  Sometimes a batter can tell what pitch is coming […]

How Many MLB Teams Are There?

- November 16, 2021

A common question by fans just getting into baseball is how many teams there are in Major League Baseball. The number of teams has increased steadily over the years, and as of 2021, there are 30 teams throughout Major League Baseball, divided into two leagues with three divisions in each league. The teams are placed […]

What is the 10 Run Rule (aka Mercy Rule) in Baseball?

- November 15, 2021
mercy rule

For those that have been a part of baseball or softball at various levels, either as a coach, player, parents, or spectator, you have likely witnessed a game end early due to the 10 Run Rule. Not all leagues have a 10 Run Rule, but a lot of them do. If you’re a novice, perhaps […]

What do the Numbers Mean in a Double Play?

- November 14, 2021
6-4-3 double play

The double play is an integral part of a baseball game. If you’ve ever seen a game on television or heard one on the radio, you’ve probably heard an announcer comment on the type of double play that just took place. It could be the usual 4-6-3 double play, the 6-4-3 double play, the 5-4-3 […]

What is a Fielder’s Choice in Baseball?

- November 13, 2021
fielders choice baseball

In baseball and softball, a Fielder’s Choice is most commonly referred to as FC in scorebooks. It occurs when a ground ball is fielded by a defensive player and, instead of getting the batter out at first base, decides to get a baserunner out that is advancing to another base or home plate. The base […]

How Many Players Are There on a Baseball Team?

- November 12, 2021
How Many Players Are There on a Baseball Team?

There are nine players on the field. This concept hasn’t changed since the game’s invention in 1845. However, not every player can play every game, and with the increasing need for substitutions, roster sizes have changed. In fact, at just about every level of play, rosters are generally far above the nine needed on the […]

What is a PO in Baseball?

- November 11, 2021

Youth players who experiment with different positions begin to see what role suits them early on. Some kids can play the field, hit, and pitch, all in the course of one game. Over time and with skill development, however, some kids find out that they are best suited to be a pitcher over any other […]

7 Best Wiffle Ball Bats & Wiffle Ball Sets of 2022

- November 9, 2021

We put about 15 wiffle ball bats to the test, and picked our 7 best wiffle ball bat and wiffle ball sets.  If you’re short on time and would rather get right to it, the Louisville Slugger C271 replica was the clear winner. Its sturdy build held up perfectly well throughout the tests we put it […]

OPS in Baseball – What Is a Good OPS & How Can You Calculate It?

- October 31, 2021
What is OPS in baseball - how to calculate OPS

Baseball fans generally love the statistics behind the game. One stat that has become a popular way to measure the overall effectiveness of batters is OPS, which stands for On-base plus slugging. OPS is a statistic that sums a player’s on-base percentage and slugging percentage  History On-base percentage was first used by Brooklyn Dodgers executive […]