Double-Entendre of the Year: Backdoor Cutter

It’s with great pleasure — and a blood alcohol content cheerfully north of zero — that the editoriat of NotGraphs announces the Double-Entendre of the Year for 2012: backdoor cutter.

The Double-Entendre of the Year is an award intended to celebrate a base-and-ball term that marries function with the slyly transgressive. It’s chosen by our Highly Reputable and Totally Real Think Tank during their annual team-building retreat to the coastal city and carnal playground of Dubrovnik.

A brief list of previous winners:

2011: Front-Hip Sinker

2010: Fisted Single

2009: Donger

2008: Fisted Single

2007: Fisted Single

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  1. Resolution says:

    Too bad things like “And Mattingly gave that ball a mustache ride out to right-center” were never said with any frequency…

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  2. Zach Sanders says:

    This honor seems to be awarded pretty early in the year, eh?

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  3. nu billy baroooo?! says:

    He got all of that one!

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  4. Dr. Feelgood says:

    Next year, I think Line Drive Through the Hole could make a run for it. But you also can’t count out Two Balls, No Strikes.

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  5. nu billy baroooo?! says:

    I hereby officially nominate for 2013 “hump-up on my fastball” , a la Andy Pettite’s assesment of his inability to do so first minor league start this year.

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  6. Dr. Feelgood says:

    Backdoor Slider would be a good choice as well. Less painful than the cutter.

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  7. Dr. Feelgood says:

    Toe-ing the rubber! There’s a weird one for you. Also, anything involving “the box.”

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  8. Dr. Feelgood says:

    And last but not least, “J.J. Hardy.”

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  9. Too True says:

    “He really likes to dig in deep in the back of the box, I wonder why more guys don’t try to come inside when they are up on him.”

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  10. MDL says:

    A ball in the dirt?

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  11. Guy says:

    A Mother’s day favourite:

    “He’s had success with the pink bat in his hands….”

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  12. MDL says:

    Here’s an awesome name, though not a double entendre: Johnny “Ugly” Dickshot

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  13. Damaso's Burnt Shirt says:

    Fister For Furbush!

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  14. Timmy says:

    Yu R.A. Dickey

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  15. ChrisDTX says:

    Is there a particular reason this hasn’t already been christened the Rusty Kuntz Award?

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  16. buddy says:

    Fister sticks one right in there.

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  17. Dylan says:

    JJ Putz?

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  18. dp says:

    Little Dribbler

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  19. joser says:

    I thought 2011 was “Fister Furbush deal”

    And someone told me an Angels broadcast this year has already featured the line “Pujols squeezes out number two”

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  20. deadhead says:

    Splitter down the middle.

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  21. anthonyrizzo_jackass says:


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