Week of Feb. 7-13, 2016

Ok. It’s not the strangest place I’ve run across baseball, but I wasn’t expecting great shots of Dodger Stadium at the end of Hart to Hart the other day. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Cozi TV had a marathon on Saturday. And I do love Dodge Stadium.

~ baseballrebecca



Baseball en Español

Photo courtesy of Leones del Caracas (www.leones.com)

In 1940, Graydon S. DeLand published “A Glossary of Baseball Terms in Spanish,” in The Modern Language Journal, the journal of the National Federal of Modern Language Teachers Associations. The idea of the article was to capture the attention of “sports-minded” students in Spanish classes and provide them with a vocabulary that would interest them. Graydon certainly was a visionary!

More recently, other English-Spanish and Spanish-English baseball dictionaries have been developed and posted online. These include:

I put together this nice little reference list because I’m still searching for an appropriate sociological explanation to explain the lack of news coverage of the Serie del Caribe (Caribbean Series). Is it that we don’t know most of the players? (Although we know several, including Dariel Alvarez). Is it that it’s taking place so far away? Or is it, simply, that not enough folks speak Spanish. If that’s all it is, Graydon and I have come up for a solution for that.

I’ve put some of the more common terms in a table below. After you study the list, you can take a Spanish baseball vocabulary quiz on Quizlet.

¡Viva el beisból!

~ baseballrebecca

Spanish English
Aficionado Fan
Bateador Batter
Batear To bat
Campeonato Championship
Carrera Run
Capturer, atrapar Catch
Receptor or catcher Catcher
Circulo de espera On-deck circle
Corredor Runner
Cuadrangular Home run (see also jonron)
Cuadro, entrada Inning
Equipo Team
Error Error
Estadio Stadium
Esquina caliente Third base; the hot corner
Ganador Winner
Guante Glove
Guardabosque Outfielder (see also jardinero)
Hit doble Double
Hit tripe Triple
Jardín Outfield
Jardinero Outfielder (see also guardabosque)
Jonrón Home run (see also cuadrangular)
Jonronero Home run hitter
Lanzador Pitcher
Linea de foul Foul line
Parte baja de la septima Bottom of the seventh
Pasból Passed ball
Sencillo single
Partido Game
Ponche strikeout
Turno al bateo At bat

Baseball in Unexpected Places

IMG_0468One thing sociologists look at is how much something influences society and culture. Thus, when baseball shows up in unexpected places, it lets us know just how pervasive it really is. A social pattern or institution that is common to all societies is known as a “cultural universal.” Has baseball reached that status yet?

The other day I was watching “Violetta” on Netflix. “Violetta” is a teen telenovela that aired on Disney Channel Latin America from 2012-2015. The show takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The characters on the show, high-school aged music students, are from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, and Italy.

Chicago Cubs’ secondary logo worn on sleeve; in use since 1997.
As the story unfolded, I noticed that one of the characters was wearing a shirt that had a graphic on it that seemed familiar. I had a feeling of what it was, but it was hard to get a good look at it, since he was wearing a sweatshirt over it. So I took a picture of the TV screen in order to study it more closely.

That’s when I realized I was right. This character from Mexico on the Argentinian soap opera for kids was wearing a Chicago Cubs t-shirt. Cool.

Now, sure, baseball is played around the world – and the Cubs have a long and storied history. But I found it interesting that the Cubs’ logo found its way into this particular TV show. I’m in the middle of season 2 of the show, and they’ve never discussed baseball – or any sport. The kids on the show generally don’t wear clothing with American logos on them. I’ve never noticed anything like this before.

And it got me thinking about baseball’s cultural reach. Is baseball truly a cultural universal? Is this a result of MLB’s international efforts? Or does this actor-kid just really like the Cubs?

~ baseballrebecca


Visual Baseball Sociology

This is an awesome graphic! The Orioles not only have mapped out every home run that went out to Eutaw Street (or the Warehouse), but they’ve made it interactive so you can pull up each player and watch a video! Check out the link in their post:

Not only is this totally cool from a baseball fan perspective, but its an interesting graphic. (And, course, a fun marketing tool.) Visual sociologists would love this for some many reasons! Data visualization and infographics have become an important part of every day life for many organizations, including Major League Baseball. And they’re just cool to play with!

~ baseballrebecca