Baltimore Chop

What does Baltimore Chop mean in Baseball?

Baseball hit that jumps high over a player in the infield

Baltimore Chop is a term rooted in baseball lingo, specifically describing a ground ball that hits either the home plate or just in front of it, taking a big hop as a result.

The phrase can be traced back to a 19th-century baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles of 1894. This team was known for their willingness to do whatever it took to secure a win.

Legend has it that the Baltimore grounds crew was even bribed to manipulate the field to the team’s advantage. They supposedly hid a slab of concrete in front of the home plate beneath the dirt. When a ball was hit off this concealed concrete, it would bounce high into the air, often over the heads of infielders.

Even in the modern game, some hitters still attempt the Baltimore Chop. They do this by adjusting their swing in an attempt to hit the ball high enough that they have time to reach first base before the ball is caught.

Interestingly, the term Baltimore Chop has also evolved to be used as a verb in the context of baseball conversation.

Example for using ‘Baltimore Chop’ in a conversation

Hey, have you ever heard of the term ‘Baltimore Chop’? πŸ€”

No, what does it mean? πŸ€”

‘Baltimore Chop’ is a baseball term. It’s when a ground ball hits home plate or just in front of it and takes a big hop! πŸ€β¬†οΈ

Oh, I get it now! So it’s like a tricky hit that goes over the infielders, right? πŸ™ŒβšΎοΈ