Definition of short hop in English:

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short hop

Entry from US English dictionary


Baseball A batted or thrown ball that hits the ground and is caught low just as it makes a bounce: he got that one on the short hop
More example sentences
  • With a short hop and a snap throw, the ball was gone again.
  • Last year, Mientkiewicz would have Ron Gardenhire, then the third base coach, hit ground balls to him from third base, so Mientkiewicz could practice scooping short hops.


[with object] (short-hop)
(Of a fielder) catch a ball just as it bounces from the ground: Boggs short-hopped it and threw to first
More example sentences
  • ‘Robby fed him a short-hop ground ball, and Omar came across the bag and not only short-hopped it, but barehanded it, and finished the double play,’ Manuel said.
  • It sailed past the pitcher to a vainly charging Soriano, who short-hopped the ball and made a wild throw to first that was already too late.
  • He short-hops it, but pops up off the dirt and tosses the ball to the ump and never allows anyone to think for a second that the ball was anything but caught.
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