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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The fastball is, as its name implies, the fastest pitch in major league baseball, reaching speeds in excess of 100 MPH, and ideally arriving at the strike zone before the batter can react. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics can explain the fastball’s unexpected twist, new study finds," 23 Nov. 2018 Players who can consistently draw walks are a safer bet than those who routinely expand the strike zone. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "El Mago: Javier Baez's flair is just what baseball needs," 12 July 2018 So far this season, Gausman’s four-seam fastball has speckled the strike zone. Katherine Fominykh,, "Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman isn't having a bad year — just an unlucky one," 1 July 2018 Kelly spent last offseason through the ball into a box that resembled the strike zone. Rich Mayor,, "Maine East lefty Antoine Kelly embraces 'potential' after being drafted by San Diego Padres," 21 June 2018 Repeat party: Never mind banning shifts, limiting the use of relief pitchers or modifying the strike zone. Bill Shaikin,, "Three up, three down: Paul Goldschmidt has awoken; all six division winners could repeat," 16 June 2018 Texas starter Blair Henley couldn't locate the strike zone and was pulled after walking six batters and surrendering two runs in 3 2/3 innings. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "UT sweeps TCU to claim first Big 12 title since 2011," 19 May 2018 Cook threw another high fastball, slightly above the strike zone. Tom Verducci,, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 The argument is usually about the strike zone, but if the people arguing follow baseball’s unwritten rules, the crowd will never know there’s a disagreement. Lee Judge Special To The Star, kansascity, "Debate at the plate: Baseball's unwritten rules for arguing balls and strikes," 11 July 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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