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Old Tue Apr 19, 2011, 03:48pm
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Could someone help with the abbreviations that are used? eg: HTBT, OBS, OBR, ETC.
Is there somewhere you can go that explains all these abbreviations?
Thanks for the help.
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Old Tue Apr 19, 2011, 03:52pm
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HTBT = Had to be there
OBS = Obstruction
OBR = Official Baseball Rules
ETC = et cetera, a Latin expression meaning "and other things"
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Old Tue Apr 19, 2011, 03:56pm
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HTBT- had to be there
OBS- obstruction
INT- interference
OBR- official baseball rules
OP- original post
PU- plate ump
BU- what do you think? lol

Cant think of any others- you'll have to be specific
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Old Tue Apr 19, 2011, 03:58pm
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BS = phrases uttered by an unruly parent whose son can do no wrong.
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Old Tue Apr 19, 2011, 03:59pm
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HTBT--Had to be there
OBS--Obstruction
OBR--Ordinary baseball rules--major league rules
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Old Tue Apr 19, 2011, 04:01pm
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Thanks for the replies. I especially needed the help with the ETC. term!!

If you think of others just let me know, not sure how to be more specific until I see them.
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Old Tue Apr 19, 2011, 04:01pm
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BR - Batter/Runner
R1 - Runner on First, unless you're on the softball board where that's the lead runner, where-ever he/she may be.
R2 - Runner on Second, unless... you get the drill.
U1/U3 - First and Third Base Umpires (3-man system).
F1 - F9: Pitcher, Catcher, 1st Baseman, 2nd, 3rd, SS, LF, CF, RF.
DH - Designated Hitter.
EH - Extra Hitter.
IFF - Infield Fly (if fair!)
DMC - Dumb Move Catcher (or coach).
Rat - any coach, at any level.
TWP - Third World Play (a hypothetical situation that regardless of the insistence of the OP, could NEVER really happen, and thus is so ridiculous as to not be worthy of discussion).
HM - Hot Mom.
FHM - F.... EXTREMELY Hot Mom.

What else?
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Old Tue Apr 19, 2011, 04:20pm
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Another site had these:

General Internet acronyms

BTW – By the way
FWIW – For what it’s worth
HTBT – Had to be there
IMHO – In my humble opinion
IMO – In my opinion
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
OMG – Oh my god!
OP or O/P– Original post
OTOH - On the other hand
NFG - No Freakin' Good
PM - Private message
POV - Point of view
WOBW - waste of band width
YGTBSM – You've got to be ****tin' me!
YMMV – Your mileage may vary


Umpire related acronyms

1BC - First Base coach
1BLE – First base line extended
2M, 3M, 4M, or 6M – a 2, 3, 4, or 6 man crew (respectively)
3BC - Third Base coach
3BLE - Third base line extended
"A", "B", "C" - The A, B, or C position (respectively)
AC - Assistant Coach
AD - Athletic Director
B1 – Lead-off batter of the game in the 1st batting slot
B2, B3 . . . – 2nd batter, 3rd batter . . .
BI – Batter’s interference
BC - Base coach
BOO - Batting Out of Order
BR – Batter-runner
BRD - Baseball Rule Differences, by Carl Childress
BU - Base umpire (typically for a 2-man crew)
BW - Balk warning
CDP – Cooperstown Dream Park
CF – centerfield
CI – Catcher’s interference
C/NC - Catch / No-catch call
CP – Chest protector
CW – Crew Chief
CYA - Something you should always do
DB – dead ball
DBT - Dead ball territory
DDB – delayed dead ball
DC or DM – Defensive coach or manager
Dish – Home plate
DK3 - Dropped third strike
EJ - Eject, or ejection

F1 - Pitcher
F2 – Catcher
F3 – First baseman
F4 – Second baseman
F5 – Third baseman
F6 – Shortstop
F7 – Left fielder
F8 – Center fielder
F9 – Right fielder
F10 – Left out

F/F - Fair / foul call
FED – Federation Rules (High School) aka NFHS
FO - Force out
FYC - Something you should never do
HC - Head coach
HM - Home manager
HOK - Hands on knees
HP – Home plate
HPU – Home Plate umpire, aka U4 & PU
HSM - Hockey Style Mask
HT - Home team
HWUS - The Harry Wendelstedt School for Umpires, aka Harry's
IFF - Infield fly
IFR – Infield fly rule
IIITBTSB - well, you know
Indy – a professional independent baseball league
INT - Interference
JEA – Jim Evans Annotated rules manual,
JEAPU - Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring, aka Jimmy's
JR or J/R - Jaksa/Roder Rules Interpretation manual
LBT - Live ball territory
LBT - Live Ball Territory
LF – left field
MC - Malicious Contact
MiLB – Minor League Baseball
MLB – Major League Baseball
MLBUM – MLB umpire’s manual
NFHS – High school rules, aka FED
OBR – Official Baseball Rules, aka PRO
OBS – Obstruction
OC or OM – Offensive coach or manager
OF – outfield
OOO – Overly officious official
OOP – Out of play
PBUC - The Professional Baseball Umpire Corp.
PU – Home plate umpire, aka U4 & HPU
RISP - Runner(s) in scoring position
RF – right field
S1 – Substitute for B1
S2 – Substitute for B2
SB – softball
Sitch – Situation
SUL - Super Ultra Light mask
TD - Tournament Director
TOP – Time of pitch
TOT – Time of throw
U1, U2, U3 – 1B, 2B, 3B base umpire (respectively)
U4 – Home plate umpire, aka PU & HPU
UIC – Umpire-in-Chief
UL - Ultra Light mask
VM - Visitor's manager
VT - Visiting team


Runners on base for OBR

R1 - Base runner at 1B at the TOP
R2 - Base runner at 2B at the TOP
R3 - Base runner at 3B at the TOP

Runners on base for FED

R1 - Base runner closest to HP at the TOP on any base
R2 - Base runner who is behind R1, on 1B or 2B at the TOP
R3 - Base runner at 1B at the TOP when bases are loaded
[Doesn’t this method suck? -RBS]

Traditional baseball abbreviations

AB - Times at Bat
AVG - Batting Average
BB - Walks (Bases on Balls)
BK - Balk
CG - Complete Game
CS - Caught Stealing
DO or DB – Double (2 base hit)
DP - Double Play
E - Error
ER - Earned Run
ERA - Earned Run Average
GP - Games Played
GP - Games Played
GSH - Grand Slam Home Run
H - Hit
HP or HBP - Hit by Pitch
HR - Home Run
IBB - Intentional Walk
K - Strikeout
LOB – Runner(s) Left on Base
OBP - On-Base Percentage
PB - Passed Ball
PK - Pickoff
PO - Putout
R or RS - Runs Scored
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Base
SB - Stolen Base
SF - Sacrifice Fly
SH - Sacrifice Hit (Bunt)
SLG - Slugging Percentage
SO or K - Strikeout
TP - Triple Play
TR – Triple (3 base hit)
WP - Wild Pitch
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Old Tue Apr 19, 2011, 04:28pm
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DK3 is wrong - I've always seen and typed D3K.

BW? First - what the heck is that, and Second, it's used so often we need an abbreviation?

Dish is not an acronym.

FO is Fly Out, not Force Out

LBT - important enough to include twice I guess.
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Old Tue Apr 19, 2011, 04:49pm
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FO is Fly Out, not Force Out
FO is Foul Out, not Fly Out. Fly Out is F, followed by the position number of the fielder, e.g., F-6. That is one reason why the umpire calling the line points fair or foul on a routine fly out near the line.
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Old Tue Apr 19, 2011, 08:42pm
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Remember that acronyms are a type of abbreviation.

An acronym is an abbreviation pronounced as a word (AIDS, NATO) and not as individual letters (USA, ASPCA, HTBT). Offhand, I can't think of any baseball acronyms. In fact, as I look at the lists people have posted, I realize that most of the abbreviations are virtually never spoken, only written as useful shorthand.

I Googled "POV" and "MILF" together. Oh, my.
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Old Wed Apr 20, 2011, 09:07am
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Remember that acronyms are a type of abbreviation.

An acronym is an abbreviation pronounced as a word (AIDS, NATO) and not as individual letters (USA, ASPCA, HTBT). Offhand, I can't think of any baseball acronyms. In fact, as I look at the lists people have posted, I realize that most of the abbreviations are virtually never spoken, only written as useful shorthand.

I Googled "POV" and "MILF" together. Oh, my.
Good point. TASO is a sports acronym in Texas that comes to mind, but I can't come up with any more.
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Old Wed Apr 20, 2011, 09:57am
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OOO = Overly Officious Official: someone who involves himself in a game where it is unwarranted

"Rat" is a term used by those who have never had the joy of coaching their son or daughter. When used, it speaks volumes about their insecurities and lack of respect for the game.
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I haven't heard it in a while, but when I played, an umpire who reacted to every comment was a "rabbit ears" (no abbreviation that I know of). The term could also apply to a player (usually a pitcher).

A relief pitcher was commonly mocked as "short-order cook" (again no abbreviation), but I was never quite sure what that term was supposed to mean.

Remember "can o' corn"? Anybody know the origin?

I should say that decades ago, both teams would routinely spew a torrent of supposedly humorous insults at the other team from the first inning to the last. Players usually seemed to sense not to "cross the line" (e.g., no names, only numbers), but anything the opposition could get on you about, they would, and of course the worst thing you could possibly do was let them know you heard them.
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HTBT- had to be there
OBS- obstruction
INT- interference
OBR- official baseball rules
OP- original post
PU- plate ump
BU- what do you think? lol

Cant think of any others- you'll have to be specific
This should serve as a good reminder that FU does not stand for "Field Umpire."
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