Definition of inside baseball in US English:

inside baseball

noun

US
  • 1Expert knowledge about baseball.

    ‘he taught New York baseball fans a good deal of inside baseball’
    • ‘His remarks, pretty much in the form of nonstop commentary, combined humor with some sage inside baseball and even a prediction or two.’
    • ‘He continued to talk inside baseball, following the trades and rumors, in particular the team's need find a left-handed hitter.’
    • ‘I guess I don't understand the inside baseball here, but now if the Phillies call a potential draft pick won't every agent tell his player to say they have no representation?’
    1. 1.1informal Esoteric or highly technical information.
      ‘there's probably too much inside baseball to appeal to mainstream audiences’
      • ‘The point of all this inside baseball is that Hollywood is not the do-anything-for-a-profit machine as it is often depicted.’
      • ‘Whether any of this inside baseball will have an effect on the TV/theatrical negotiations with the studios this spring remains to be seen.’
      • ‘Perhaps the writers regarded these insights into the president-press relationship as inside baseball, of little interest to general readers.’
      • ‘Indulge me in reporting a little inside baseball because it illustrates something important.’
      • ‘It's all inside baseball to them, who's up and who's down.’
      • ‘As much as the whole affair is the epitome of inside baseball, it is worth examining the process by which the administration is seeking to spike the tough sanctions.’
      • ‘Is that inside baseball or is that also an important part of campaign coverage?’
      • ‘It's the usual mix of innuendo, bad legal reasoning and inside baseball she's known for.’
      • ‘This incessant obsession with inside baseball serves no purpose beyond distracting people.’
      • ‘Here is some inside baseball on that reform.’

adjective

US
informal
  • Esoteric or highly technical.

    ‘yawn-inducing inside-baseball coverage of the tech industry’
    ‘it was too confusing, too inside baseball’
    • ‘But this is so inside-baseball, it's physically painful.’
    • ‘Not to get too inside baseball, but this often signifies the speech's conclusion is coming.’
    • ‘It's a little too inside baseball for a newspaper's readers as opposed to an art blog's readers.’
    • ‘I don't write as much of the inside-baseball weblog posts these days, talking about new technology or debating philosophical fundamentals of the weblog business.’
    • ‘In the end, however, the inside-baseball details matter little.’
    • ‘I don't want to get too inside baseball here for the viewers.’
    • ‘It is an inside baseball story and should not be made into a public discussion.’
    • ‘This might seem way too inside baseball, but I actually think it's an important point.’
    • ‘It's too inside-baseball for mass consumption.’
    • ‘Furthermore, it seemed to me that detailed source notes were a little inside baseball.’