Can Of Corn

What does Can Of Corn mean in Baseball?

A simple catch made by a fielder is ‘Can Of Corn’

In the world of baseball, if you hear the term ‘Can Of Corn’, it means a fielder has an easy catch. This typically refers to a high hit ball, or a pop fly, that allows the infielder or outfielder enough time to position themselves properly to make the catch.

Though not as common today, you might still hear baseball enthusiasts or commentators throw around ‘Can Of Corn’ during a game. For instance, a sportscaster might comment, “Martinez smoothly brings in the can of corn to wrap up the inning.” Or, a disgruntled fan might lament over a player’s bad run, saying, “Harper’s just not hitting it right. Every at-bat is a strikeout or can of corn.”

Other terms used interchangeably with ‘Can Of Corn’ include “pop fly,” “weak flyball,” or “routine fly.”

The origin of ‘Can Of Corn’ comes from early 20th-century grocery stores where cans of corn were stored on high shelves. A store worker would knock them down with a stick and another would stand ready to easily catch the can in their apron. The term was later adopted into baseball lingo, reflecting the ease of catching the can.

Credit for popularizing ‘Can Of Corn’ in baseball goes to Red Barber, an MLB play-by-play announcer from the 1930s to the 60s. Barber called games for teams like the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, and New York Yankees.

Example for using ‘Can Of Corn’ in a conversation

Hey, did you watch the baseball game last night?

Yeah, I did! That catch in the outfield was amazing!

I know, right? It was a total can of corn!

Haha, definitely! The fielder made it look so easy.