Can of Corn

Can of Corn

The term “Can of Corn” in baseball refers to an easy to catch routine flyball that is hit to an outfielder.

Baseball, like other sports, is rich with terms and catchphrases that are unique to the sport, and “Can of Corn” is one of them. In a commentary, it is used to describe a routine flyball that is hit to an outfielder.


The term is said to be a reference to the easy catch or thrown or dropped cans at the grocer’s. In the 19th century, grocers who piled their stocks of canned goods on high shelves would use sticks with hooks on the end, drop the cans and catch them in their aprons.

Corn is believed to be used especially since it was one of the more popular grocery options and as such was placed on an easier to access shelf. Catching a falling can of corn was, therefore, easier than catching others that are placed higher on shelves.

What Makes a Catch a “Can of Corn”?

  • When a catch is almost coming straight down to the catcher.
  • The outfielder doesn’t have to do much to catch the ball.
  • The ball and the throw are doing most of the work.

Overall, a can of corn catch is an easy catch.

The term came into popular use with the help of several announcers, including Bob Prince for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Prince, however, did not coin the phrase as it was already being used at the time. He just popularized it.

Other announcers who often use the term “Can of Corn” include Buck Martinez and Ken Harrelson.

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