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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Analysts such as Jon Roegele of Fangraphs and The Hardball Times documented the steady expansion of the strike zone from 2009-15, with most of the expansion occurring below the knees. Alex Speier,, "What’s up with all the strikeouts in Major League Baseball?," 12 July 2018 Reddick laid off three consecutive pitches — the second a tantalizing curveball that dotted the bottom of the strike zone. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros overcome 4-run deficit to defeat Rangers in 10 innings," 4 July 2018 Both coaches credited the Gators’ plate discipline and protection of the strike zone, which resulted in nine walks compared to just four strikeouts, but each manager viewed these statistics differently. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Reservoir baseball capitalizes on walks, errors to take down Glenelg," 19 Apr. 2018 But Hernandez is also one of the most patient hitters in the league, rarely chasing pitches out of the strike zone and drawing walks at a high rate. Scott Lauber,, "Should the Phillies be concerned about Jake Arrieta? | Extra Innings," 27 June 2018 When Jacob is in the strike zone and attacking hitters, there are not many good swings. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notes: No structural damage for Brewers reliever Matt Albers," 13 June 2018 All that has really improved from a plate-discipline measurement standpoint is that Schoop entered Tuesday making contact on 95.2 percent of balls in the strike zone, well above his season mark of 83.9 percent. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles' Schoop, seeing immediate dividends from reset, cashes in with walk-off hit vs. Yankees," 11 July 2018 Brantley currently leads baseball in contact rate, as well as in contact rate for balls in the strike zone. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 The Texas Rangers manager expressed his displeasure with home-plate umpire Paul Nauert's strike zone in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Why Rangers manager Jeff Banister got tossed for first time this season | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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