strike zone


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

Examples of strike zone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet as someone who seems to make few distinctions between notoriety and fame, Conte falls squarely within that strike zone. Brian Lowry, CNN, 15 Aug. 2023 Last year at Round Rock, the ABS strike zone was 19 inches wide, apparently leading to too many strikeouts. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 26 July 2023 Aaron Judge, obviously, has a larger strike zone than Jose Altuve. Peter Abraham,, 1 Apr. 2023 He’s struggled as a hitter since his return, but his strike zone command has kept him competitive. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 30 June 2023 There were a few complaints about home plate umpire Derek Mollica’s strike zone but no one from the Tide dugout was ejected. Nick Alvarez |, al, 27 May 2023 The goal: Eliminate the individual and sometimes inconsistent strike zones that vary from umpire to umpire, and with it the possibility that a game can turn on a bad ball/strike call. Jimmy Golen, Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2023 After two false starts, her confidence grew as her lure landed closer and closer to potential strike zones. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 10 June 2023 The situation: Argyle trailed Champion by two runs after two innings and, thanks in part to a rather tight strike zone courtesy of the home plate umpire and a lineup that repeatedly swung at pitches outside of that zone, were without a hit through four. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 9 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of strike zone was in 1911

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“Strike zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

strike zone

: the area (as from the armpits to the tops of the knees of a batter) over home plate through which a baseball pitch must pass to be called a strike

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