A player who throws or pitches with the left hand; esp., a left-handed pitcher.  The term was originally used for a left-handed player; e.g., “Oscar …

A relief pitcher who tries to get the final out or outs in a game. A closer is often the team’s most reliable pitcher; he …

The figurative boundary in the batting averages between those batters hitting above and below .200.  It is named for shortstop Mario Mendoza, whose career (1974-1982) …

A gifted position player who excels at the five major baseball skills: hit for average, hit for power, run, field (catch), and throw. Sports Illustrated (Nov. 24, …

A high curveball that “hangs” breaking slightly and giving the batter an easy target. it is the bane of pitchers and the delight of batters. Bryce …

A brushback or knockdown pitch that passes close to the batter’s jaw, thrown so high and inside that the batter supposedly can hear it “buzz or …