at bat

noun
plural at bats

Definition of at bat

baseball
: 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 Betts, brilliant in October but slumping at bat, added his first postseason homer for the Dodgers, a solo shot in the sixth off Josh Fleming. Ronald Blum, SFChronicle.com, "No lone star as Kershaw, Betts, Bellinger shine for Dodgers in World Series opener," 20 Oct. 2020 But the ability to put the ball in play against precise, elite pitching – or at least extend the at bat – takes on a far greater value in a World Series. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Rays-Dodgers World Series: Preview, schedule and why L.A. holds a slight edge," 20 Oct. 2020 After allowing a single in the next at bat, Garcia was relived by James Hoyt, who promptly served up a two-run home run to Dansby Swanson, breaking the game open. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins' bullpen implodes late as Braves rally to take Game 1 of NLDS," 6 Oct. 2020 Instead, Polanco made an errant throw to second base, allowing everyone to reach safely and set up Altuve’s dramatic at bat. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Ninth-inning rally sends Astros to Game 1 win over Twins," 29 Sep. 2020 Because this is how things work, Kirilloff’s first at bat came with the bases loaded and two outs in the crucial bottom of the first. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Mystery of why Byron Buxton didn't start Game 2 still isn't solved," 2 Oct. 2020 Facing Cubs reliever Dan Winkler, Marte took a 92 mile per hour fastball off his left hand in his fifth at bat of the day. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins outfielder Starling Marte suffers hand fracture in win over Cubs; status unclear moving forward," 30 Sep. 2020 If this was Shin-Soo Choo's final at bat as a Texas Ranger, what a heck of a way to go out. Dallas News, "In emotional season finale, Shin-Soo Choo legs out bunt single in likely his final Rangers at-bat," 27 Sep. 2020 Detroit piled up 16 hits in only six turns at bat, the most the Twins have allowed in a game this season. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Twins fall from first to third place after getting swept in doubleheader at Detroit," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of at bat

1908, in the meaning defined above

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25 Oct 2020

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“At bat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20bat. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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