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strike zone

n. Baseball
The area over home plate through which a pitch must pass to be called a strike, roughly between the batter's armpits and knees.

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n.
Baseball. the area above home plate extending from the batter's knees to the armpits.
[1945–50]

strike zone


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Area over the home plate between the batter’s armpits and knees.
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Noun1.strike zone - (baseball) the area over home plate between a batter's knees and shoulders through which a pitch must pass in order to be called a strike
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
zone - an area or region distinguished from adjacent parts by a distinctive feature or characteristic
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Maddux and fellow finesse pitcher Tom Glavine of the Mets, long-time teammates in Atlanta, thrive on the fact umpires tend to give them widened strike zones during the regular season, an obvious nod to their achievements and their shared tendency to live on the corners.
But there is a prevailing school of thought that in the playoffs, when umpires know they are being closely scrutinized by league officials, strike zones tend to actually shrink.
For whatever the reason (tighter wound balls, shorter fences, fewer developed four-seam fastballs, tighter strike zones, and souped-up bats), one has to pitch low in order to be effective.
Most pitchers will achieve greater success by keeping the ball in the lower part or even just out of the strike zone.
Once, when power resided in the National and American league offices and they supervised small and separate umpire pools, it didn't matter as much that the NL and AL strike zones were clearly different and individual umps' parameters were subtly varied.
As Chart 2 shows, the chart consists of 40 rectangular strike zones marked fastball or curveball.
La Colorada, with zones 30 to 40 meters (120 feet) in width and strike zones of 250 meters (750 feet) open in all directions and averaging 2.
When you get runs early like that, it's a lot easier as a pitcher,'' said Brown, who credited an abundance of stronger players, bigger strike zones and the ball as some of the reasons for numerous home runs.
UMPS TAKE UMBRAGE: Major-league umpires are angry over baseball's new directive asking teams to chart pitches and file a report about strike zones.
The irony in all this, of course, is that no staff in baseball gets wide strike zones more often than the Braves.
Umpires grumble about the overhead television shot, because it exposes the occasional inconsistencies in their individual strike zones.