called strike


Definition of called strike

: a pitched baseball not struck at by the batter that passes through the strike zone

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Freeland threw 54 of 84 pitches for strikes and did the most damage with his slider, which — according to’s Baseball Savant — notched him six swinging strikes and six called strikes out of the 36 thrown. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Kyle Freeland notches first win at Coors Field since April as Rockies top Giants," 4 Aug. 2019 Most umpires do not call strikes as high as the rules specify, which Rosso defined as the midpoint between the chest and the belly button. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "‘We’re Lab Rats’: A Baseball League Where Stealing First Is O.K.," 2 Aug. 2019 Rondon received just six called strikes, but a five-pitch free pass to Justin Upton was his lone walk. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Things get testy as Astros fall to Angels," 17 July 2019 Meanwhile, another walk came back to bite Beede, although the 3-2 pitch to Ketel Marte with one out in the fourth easily could have been called strike three. Henry Schulman,, "Giants sputter again, making Alex Young’s big-league debut a happy occasion for Diamondbacks," 27 June 2019 Despite that warning, hundreds of small businesses closed Wednesday and labor unions called strikes in a defiant show of opposition. Washington Post, "Protesters storm Hong Kong’s streets, block roadways as legislature prepares to debate China extradition bill," 12 June 2019 In the third, with runners on first and second, Olson disputed an inning-ending called strike three by home-plate umpire Sean Barber. Joey Johnston, The Mercury News, "Grand slam brings A’s home on a high," 12 June 2019 Sanchez leaned on his changeup — throwing it for 42 of his 98 pitches (42.8 percent) — and induced eight swinging strikes and nine called strikes on the pitch while allowing his defense to work behind him. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles get second no-hit scare in season's first 12 games," 11 Apr. 2018 Twenty of Morton's pitches were called strikes and another 14 were swung upon and missed. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Charlie Morton dominant in Astros' win over Yankees," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of called strike

1869, in the meaning defined above

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