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Why is a strike-out called a K?


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2005-11-14 09:05:34
2005-11-14 09:05:34

In the old days, the scorer recorded outs by using the last letter of the way the batter made an out. the last letter of "struck" as in struck out, is the only one that is still with us today. Because "S" was already being used to denote a sacrifice.

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It is a reference to how it is kept in the scorebook. A K is a strikeout. A backwards K is a strikeout looking.

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A 'K' is a strikeout where the batter swung and missed at the third strike. A 'k' is a strikeout where the batter took a called third strike.

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No balls called in that strikeout

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k stands for strikeout looking K stands for strikeout swinging

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A 'K' is a strikeout where the batter swung at strike three. A 'k' is a strikeout where the batter did not swing at strike three.


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