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D Defense, Double
DEAD BALL a ball out of play because of a legally created temporary suspension of play, such as an out.
DEFENSE (or DEFENSIVE) is the team, or any player of the team, in the field.
Designated Hitter A hitter listed in the starting lineup who is assigned to hit for the starting pitcher and all relief pitchers in the game.
DH Designate Hitter, Doubleheader
DIAMOND The infield playing surface.
DINGER A homerun.
Disabled List A list of players who have been temporarily removed from the active roster so that they may recover from injury or illness. Roster substitutions are allowed for players placed on the disabled list.
District Administrator A volunteer position at the local level. Districts hold elections once every three years on a rotating basis. Each league in a district (a geographical area within a state or country) can nominate any person, and receives one vote at the election.
DL Disabled List
"Do not go down "looking" Reminds a hitter with two strikes to swing at anything close.
DONUT Circular shaped weight that
slides over the bat. The weight is used when a player is loosening up
in the one deck circle.
Double A hit which allows the batter reaches second base safely.
Doubleheader Two games played on the same day by the same two teams.
Double Play A
play which results in two offensive players being put out on the
same play, provided that no error is committed between putouts.
Double Play Depth Refers to the position the shortstop and second baseman take when there are less than two outs and runners on first; first and second; or first, second and third. Both fielders move a few steps closer to home plate and a few steps closer to second base in order to speed up the turning of the double play should a ball be hit in that area.
Double Switch A substitution strategy in which the manager replaces a position player and the pitcher at the same time. Since most major league pitchers are not good hitters, this double switch is usually executed to keep the new pitcher from batting in the ensuing half-inning because the new pitcher can take the batting-order spot vacated by the departing position player. The manager hopes that by the time the new pitcher is due to bat, he or she will have pitched an inning or two and can be replaced with a pinch-hitter.
"down the middle" (of a pitch) thrown directly in the center of the strike zone.
synonyms: grooved, down the middle, down Central, down Peachtree, down the chute, down the cock, down the alley, down the pike, down the pipe, right down Broadway, in the groove
DOWN THE PIKE (of a pitch) thrown directly in the center of the strike zone. see above
DP Double Play
Dropped Third Strike When a batter swings and misses a called third strike and the catcher does not catch the pitch. As a result, the batter/runner may try to run safely to first base, unless first base is occupied. The batter/runner must be forced at first base or tagged for the out to be recorded.
DUGOUT the seating facilities reserved for players, substitutes, one manager, and not more than two coaches when they are not actively engaged on the playing field. Batboys and/or batgirls are not permitted.
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