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 First at bat, FOG Design + Art the thrilling four-day fair (Jan. 16-19) in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Catherine Bigelow,, "Holiday Heroes take the field at Oracle Park for 10th annual fundraiser," 30 Dec. 2019 This was the equivalent of an aging pitcher hanging a slider right over the middle of the plate with a slugger at bat. Dave Doyle, MMA Junkie, "PETA claps back at 'cowards' Conor McGregor, Donald Cerrone over snakeskin jacket banter," 16 Jan. 2020 An ugly brawl broke out during a Venezuelan Professional Baseball League game Wednesday night after frustrated former MLB player Alex Romero swung at a catcher several times while at bat. Fox News, "Ex-MLB player attacks catcher with bat in bench-clearing brawl during Winter League game," 9 Jan. 2020 After Mariano Duncan grounded into a fielder’s choice to take Strawberry off the bases, backup catcher Jim Leyritz came to the plate for his first at bat of the night. Paul Montella, San Diego Union-Tribune, "This Date in Baseball," 20 Oct. 2019 For Crane, a personal highlight was a 5-for-5 performance at bat in a quarterfinal win over Torrington in that tournament., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 6 Sep. 2019 Mississippi State was making another pitching change, and Slaughter would have to wait for the biggest at bat of the season. Brody Miller,, "The moments that led to LSU's essential SEC Tournament win against Mississippi State," 22 May 2018 Rays pitchers struck out a franchise-record 24 batters, including 13 in 20 hitless at bats against relievers. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers strike out 24 times in extra-innings loss to Rays," 17 Aug. 2019 Mendoza had felt a similar sensation before her first Olympic at bat, in 2004. Sean Gregory, Time, "ESPN'S Jessica Mendoza on Breaking Barriers and How to Change Baseball's Rules," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of at bat

1908, in the meaning defined above

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10 Feb 2020

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“At bat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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