bare·​hand | \ ˈber-ˌhand How to pronounce barehand (audio) \
barehanded; barehanding; barehands

Definition of barehand

transitive verb

: to catch or retrieve (a baseball) with a bare hand

Examples of barehand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Catching blistering line drives barehanded is a recipe for mangled digits, and several Barons wore bandages around their fingers on game day. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, "No gloves, all heart. These Kentucky men are the badasses of vintage baseball," 30 Oct. 2019 But Matt Olson picked up the bunt attempt barehanded and flipped it to catcher Sean Murphy, who easily tagged out Tom Murphy. Chris Talbott, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Athletics beat Mariners’ 1-0, will host AL wild-card game," 28 Sep. 2019 Watching Nolan Arenado’s barehanded snatches-and-throws, over-the-shoulder basket catches, pirouettes in the dirt and diving stops down the line have become routine for Rockies fans. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ Nolan Arenado wins 7th consecutive Gold Glove," 3 Nov. 2019 As rare as the feat is, just last year a fan caught two foul balls from the same batter -- barehanded. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Marlins fan catches two foul balls in same at-bat, becomes hero," 9 Sep. 2019 The last position player to play without a glove was Jerry Denny, who retired (barehanded) after the 1894 season. Fred Bowen, Washington Post, "The rules and the equipment are just two things that have changed over the years.," 7 Aug. 2019 Baez barehanded the ball and fired to first for an apparent out, but the call was overturned on replay. Paul Sullivan,, "Cole Hamels comes back strong in a 4-1 win over the Brewers as the Cubs remain hard to beat at home," 2 Aug. 2019 Fenway Park ball attendant Katie Burt dashes into the outfield, scoops up the ball barehanded, and presents it to a wide-eyed kid in the stands during an April game at Fenway Park. Globe Staff,, "What is a hockey player doing on the field during Red Sox games at Fenway Park?," 16 July 2019 With DeJong — an above average runner — speeding down the first base line, Castro caught the ball barehanded and in one fluid motion, fired to first baseman Garrett Cooper to complete a highlight-reel double play. Wells Dusenbury,, "That’s right — the Marlins have one of MLB’s top double-play tandems," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of barehand

1960, in the meaning defined above

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“Barehand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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