base runner


Definition of base runner 

: a baseball player of the team at bat who is on base or is attempting to reach a base

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baserunning \ˈbās-ˌrə-niŋ \ noun

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The Rangers had just two more base runners the rest of the day – on a two-out error in the sixth and a two-out walk in the eighth. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "How bad are the Rangers? Losing three of four to White Sox raises question | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 May 2018 Sarah Dowalo pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just five base runners. Mike Owens,, "Neshaminy, Bristol to play Monday in state softball semifinals," 9 June 2018 The closest the Crusaders came to getting a base runner was a pair of three-ball counts. Kirk Kenney,, "Chula Vista High's Antonio Garcia tosses perfect game against Mater Dei," 22 May 2018 In the semifinal against Portage, the junior struck out seven, allowed five base runners, reached base three times and scored the game’s winning run in the seventh inning. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The 8 stars of spring: Homestead's Drew Bosley, Whitnall's Haley Wynn among the best and brightest from 2018 spring sports," 18 June 2018 Dominguez’s base runners came on a walk and a single up the middle. Matt Breen,, "Gabe Kapler should have gone down with Seranthony Dominguez | Extra Innings," 7 June 2018 Mancini's hit was the Orioles' only one before the delay, and his third-inning walk with two outs was their only other base runner. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles wait out rain, but split doubleheader with 10-3 loss to Rays in second game," 13 May 2018 Ursuline had its only base runner in the fourth inning after drawing a walk off Comets starting pitcher Jade Brady. Andrew Valenti,, "St. Charles 10, Ursuline 0: Comets notch consecutive 5-run innings in playoff win," 18 Apr. 2018 Whitaker allowed just three base runners – and only two singles – as the No. 1-ranked Tigers decked Hazard 3-0. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "St. Xavier baseball beats Hazard 3-0 to advance to state championship," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of base runner

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of base runner was in 1866

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English Language Learners Definition of base runner

baseball : a player who is on base or is trying to reach a base

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