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Types of batted balls in baseball
There are generally three descriptive categories for balls hit in the air. A fly ball or simply fly is a ball that is hit into the air, usually very high. Fielders attempt to catch fly balls on their descent. Secondly, A pop fly or pop-up is a specific type of fly ball that goes very high and does not travel very long. From the perspective of the fielder, popups seem to come straight down.
The third type of ball hit in the air is a line drive or a liner. This is a sharply hit, low-flying batted ball. The threshold between a line drive and a fly ball is subjective; liners tend to not visibly arc up and then down.
A ground ball or grounder is a batted ball which rolls or bounces on the ground in the infield. Bunts are generally not considered to be ground balls; they are a distinct type of batted ball.
See the list of baseball jargon for other less technical names for various types of batted balls.
See also: Ground ball fly ball ratio
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