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Baltimore Chop

What is Baltimore Chop?

A batted ball that is purposely hit downwards to produce a high bounce, keeping the ball in the air long enough for the hitter to safely reach first base.

Sporting Charts explains Baltimore Chop

The ideal goal of the Baltimore chop is for the hitter to strike home plate with the ball so that it gets as a high a bounce as possible. The term originated with the Baltimore Orioles teams of the 1890s who used this technique to great effect—it was even rumored that the groundskeepers were paid off to hide cement slabs under the dirt in front of home plate, in order to get a higher bounce.

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