strike zone


Definition of strike zone

: the area over home plate through which a pitched baseball must pass to be called a strike

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Severe flooding and power and phone outages extended beyond the worst of the strike zone, as far south as the capital, Nassau. Author: Jasper Ward, Anthony Faiola, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Bahamas is presently at war’: Slow-moving Dorian wreaks devastation across island nation," 2 Sep. 2019 The data-savvy Astros identified helpful tweaks Morton could make to his repertoire, chief among them using his four-seam fastball more and higher in the strike zone. Jon Tayler,, "Charlie Morton's Journey From Roy Halladay Copycat to 35-Year-Old Cy Young Contender," 8 Aug. 2019 Entering Thursday, Kepler had swung at 76.1 percent of pitches in the strike zone, joining two teammates, Rosario and Schoop, in the top 25 in baseball. James Wagner, New York Times, "How the Twins Are Obliterating Baseball’s Home Run Record," 25 July 2019 But more and more in the modern big leagues, that does not mean throwing the ball in the strike zone. Joe Lemire,, "Pitchers veering outside strike zone more than ever to record a strikeout," 16 July 2019 Quinn began the third inning with a home run smacked to the right-field seats on a 1-0 fastball in the middle of strike zone. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Phillies beat Paddack, Padres," 16 Aug. 2019 Hitting coach Tim Hyers said recently that Travis’s swing was too vertical, allowing pitchers to exploit the low part of the strike zone. Julian Mcwilliams,, "Red Sox’ Sam Travis took off when he abandoned launch angle," 15 Aug. 2019 The biggest adjustment for the pitcher, Burke said, is determining the vertical size of the strike zone. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "‘We’re Lab Rats’: A Baseball League Where Stealing First Is O.K.," 2 Aug. 2019 His 112th and final pitch was a 90-mph slider that darted out of the strike zone. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ plethora of defensive problems add up to worst loss of season," 29 July 2019

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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