Baseball in different languages

Despite the fact that baseball is played all over the world, most terms are said and written in English in most languages. There are some exceptions. Especially Spain, France and the Netherlands are using their own terms which are merely translations.

Here is an overview of baseball terms in English, Spanish, French and Dutch.

English Spanish French Dutch
balk balk la feinte illégale schijn
Ball pelota balle bal
ball bola mala la balle wijd
Base la almohadilla / la base but honk
base on balls base por bolas le but sur balles vier wijd
base runner el corredor le coureur honkloper
Baseball Beisbol Baseball Honkbal
Basehit imparable coup sûr honkslag
Bat bate le baton knuppel
batter’s box caja de bateo le rectangle des frappeurs slagperk
batter cajon de bateo le frappeur slagman
Batting average promedio de bateo la moyenne slaggemiddelde
Bullpen bulpen l’enclos des releveurs bullpen
Bunt toque l’amorti stootslag
catcher recptor receveur catcher / achtervanger
Change-up cambio le changement de vitesse changeup
Curve ball curva la balle courbe curve ball
designated hitter bateador designado le frappeur désigné aangewezen slagman
Double doble le double tweehonkslag
Double header doble jornada le programme double dubbel
Double play doble play le double-jeu dubbelspel
Earned run average efectividad la moyenne de points mérités verdiend puntengemiddelde
Error error l’erreur fout
Fair territory terreno bueno le territoire des balles en jeu goed gebied
Fastball bola rapida la balle rapide fastball
Field terreno o campo le terrain veld
Fielder’s choice jugade de selecion l’optionnel velders keus
first baseman jugador de primera base premier-but eerste honkman
Fly ball elevado / un bombo le ballon hoog geslagen bal
Forkball un bombo la balle fronde forkball
Foul ball batazo fuero la fausse balle fout bal / fout slag
Foul line linea de falta La ligne de démarcation foutlijn
Four territory territorio de foul le territoire des balles fausses fout gebied
Full count cuenta llena le compte complet volle bak
Grand slam grand slam le grand chelem grand slam
Ground ball batazo rodado le roulant grond bal
Hit by pitch atteint par un lanceur geraakt werper
Homeplate la base meta marbre thuisplaat
Home run cuarangular / homerun coup de circuit homerun
Infield cuadro / infield l’avant-champ binnenveld
inning episodio / inning la manche inning
Knuckleball nudillo la balle papillion knuckleball
Line drive una linea la flèche linedrive
mound monticulo le monticule heuvel
no-hitter juego sin imparables  le match sans point ni coup sûr no hitter
Out fuera / out le retrait uit
Outfield el exterior champ extérieur buitenveld
outfielder jardinero le voltigeur outfielder / buitenvelder
Perfect game juego perfecto la partie parfaite perfect game
pitcher lanzador lanceur pitcher / werper
relief pitcher el relevista  le lanceur de relève relief pitcher
sacrifice bunt toque de sacrificio l’amorti sacrifice opofferingsstootslag
second baseman jugador de segunda base deuxième-but tweede honkman
shortstop campo corto  l’arrêt-court korte stop
Sinker sinker la balle tombante sinker
Slider slider la balle glissant slider
starting pitcher lanzador iniciador le lanceur partant startende werper
strike bola buena la prise slag
third baseman jugador de tercera base troisième-but derde honkman
Triple triple le triple driehonkslag
Triple play triple play le triple-jeu driedubbelspel
Walk base por bolas une base sur balle vrije loop
wild pitch lanzamiento salvaje le mauvais lancer wilde worp

The French translation for knuckle ball, literally means butterfly ball.

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