Painting the Black

Definition

A pitcher is said to be "painting the black" when he throws a pitch that barely catches the outside or inside corner of the plate for a strike.

Origin

Home plate is a mostly white slab, but it is bordered on all five sides by a thin black strip. Thus, a pitcher who is frequently hitting the corners of the plate for strikes and avoiding the white portion is said to be painting the black.

Example

Watch: Kenta Maeda paints the black to record the first strikeout of his big league career.