The pitcher (abbreviated to P or 1) is a baseball fielding position for the player responsible for throwing (pitching) the baseball to the catcher during an opponent's turn at bat. The pitcher and catcher together are often referred to as the "battery".
The pitcher is a special fielding position, he is required to throw the ball towards home plate only while at least one foot is touching the rubber bar on the pitching mound, which is situated 60 feet and 6 inches away from the front of the home plate. If the pitcher fails to execute a pitch correctly, the umpire can rule a balk has occurred, which will result in any runners who are on-base advancing by one base, including to home plate (if a runner is on third), resulting in a run scored.
The pitcher's goal is to retire a batter, or force them "out". This can be done by causing the batter to swing and miss the ball (a strike) three times for a strikeout, or by forcing the batter to hit the ball poorly so that the batted ball is caught for an out (such as a flyout), or thrown to force a runner or the batter out. Pitchers often use a variety of pitches, speeds and deliveries in order to get the batter out on strikes, or to induce them to swing and hit the ball poorly.
At most levels of play, pitchers are divided into Starting Pitchers (SP) and Relief Pitchers (RP). Starting pitchers are normally part of a team's pitching rotation and take turns being the first pitcher, the one who starts a game. These pitchers will accumulate a game started statistic. A relief pitcher is normally one who substitutes for another pitcher at some later part of the game. A relief pitcher may be used to start a game, and a starting pitcher may appear in a relief role, but for game strategy purposes many teams try to keep the roles separate, partly to ensure that they always have a rested starting pitcher for future games.
A pitcher who is regularly the last pitcher to play in a game can be said to have the "closer" position (often abbreviated to CL). A closer is normally one of the best relief pitchers on a team's roster, who is effective at keeping the opposing team from scoring in late innings, when the starting pitcher would normally be tired.
Pitchers have unique statistics recorded only for them, such as Earned run average, innings pitched, shutouts, and others. In some leagues, where pitchers appear in the batting lineup (leagues without a DH rule), they also accumulate batting statistics.
|Year set||Player||Career record||Player|
|ERA||0.28||1993||Iron Arm||2.23||Iron Arm|
|Wins||14||2012||Lien-ying Li||138||Angelo Rodriguez|
|Losses||13||2001||Logan Starr||91||Ian Love|
|Win Pct.||1.000||2009||Matt Hanna||.771||Andres Zarate|
|Saves||29||2015||Nate Kremer||234||Nick MacLellan|
|Games||51||2000||Nick MacLellan||587||Leonard Hurrach|
|GS||21||1995||Dan Kirk||253||Asif Ibrahim|
|CG||9||2015||Niek Rodriguez||58||Angelo Rodriguez|
|Shutouts||4||2011||Niek Rodriguez||22||Iron Arm|
|IP||156.0||1995||F.Y. Jackass||1,974.2||Angelo Rodriguez|
|Hits allowed||168||2015||Bob Finney||1,819||Angelo Rodriguez|
|HR allowed||28||2014||Yoshiaki Fujimara||207||Mu-ruo Chen|
|Strikeouts (K)||195||2011||Ricky Terrazas||2,017||Angelo Rodriguez|
|Bases on balls||79||2002||Logan Starr||723||Dan Robinson|
|BB/9 IP||0.20||2002||Dandy Lundgren||0.83||Dandy Lundgren|
|HA/9 IP||1.87||1993||Iron Arm||6.34||William Febres|
|K/9 IP||14.96||2012||William Febres||12.42||Micah Jones|
|BB+K/IP||0.38||1993||Iron Arm||0.97||Ricky Rodriguez|
|Opp. BA||.000||1993||Iron Arm||.195||William Febres|
|Opp. OBP||.214||2008||Ricky Terrazas||.258||Ricky Rodriguez|
|Opp. SLG||.000||1993||Iron Arm||.306||Ricky Terrazas|
|Opp. OPS||.426||2008||Ricky Terrazas||.580||Ricky Terrazas|
|WAR||6.4||1999||Iron Arm||67.0||Iron Arm|
In the Bull League, pitchers can win a fielding award called the Platinum Glove Award. The Sandy Koufax Award is awarded to the best pitcher in each of the American Eagle League and the Lake League. The best relief pitcher may also win the Woodchuck Trophy.
- History Leaderboard. BNN. . Accessed: 28 November 2016.