, a hitter who chokes up
on the bat and tries to slap the ball past the infielders
. The slap hitter hopes to increase the number of hits he gets but the tradeoff is that most of these hits will only be singles
. Slap hitters tend to "go with the pitch", hitting outside pitches to the opposite field, and are usually aggressive at the plate and thus draw few walks
. Good slap hitters will have a high batting average
but very few home run
s. Slap hitting was most common during the dead ball era
Ty Cobb was the epitome of a slap hitter, while Tony Gwynn was a modern master. Ichiro is the current slap hitter extraordinare.