at bat

plural at bats

Definition of at bat

: a turn at batting had three hits in five at bats

Note: For the purposes of calculating a player's batting average and slugging percentage, an official at bat is charged for each turn at batting except when the player walks, hits a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly, is hit by a pitched ball, or is interfered with by the catcher.

Examples of at bat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Outside of Wednesday’s eighth inning, Baltimore has managed one run in its previous 21 turns at bat. Nathan Ruiz,, 10 Sep. 2021 Chapman had seemingly lost the zone entirely, walking Springer on five pitches in the previous at bat. Bryan C. Parker, Chron, 1 Nov. 2021 In the bottom of the seventh, Altuve hit a solo shot into the Crawford Boxes on the first pitch of the at bat against Drew Smyly, making the game 7-2, Astros. Bryan C. Parker, Chron, 1 Nov. 2021 By any measure, the Rockies were by far the worst team in the majors in 2020, ranking poorly at bat and on the mound. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Use an opener for an inning or two, and the DH would get one time at bat, followed by pitchers or pinch-hitters. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2021 The Braves have settled into a defense/pitching identity, which means close games and one at bat swinging the momentum. Ray Glier, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 While at bat, Alina Garstka hit a fly ball to the second baseman and fell to the ground. oregonlive, 13 May 2021 But the aura of the captain, the man who took thousands more turns at bat than anyone else in Yankee history, crosses generations. New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of at bat

1908, in the meaning defined above

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24 Dec 2021

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“At bat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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