Saturday, June 10, 2023

The first step in explaining baseball: the four possible outcomes of each pitch

On a business trip, my wife Andrea and her Swiss colleagues went to a Detroit Tigers baseball game last night. Since none of them knew baseball, they asked me to explain it. So the pitch is where everything starts: the pitcher throws the ball to the catcher, and the batter might try to hit it. There are four possible outcomes, the easiest of which to understand being when the batter swings and misses for a strike. If the batter doesn't swing, then the pitch could be a strike or ball (explain the strike zone). If the batter hits the ball, then another 111 words are needed to explain the possible outcomes. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 10 June 2023)

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