base runner


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

Examples of base runner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not allowing a base runner over four innings, Snell threw 46 pitches — plus 15 more in a side session afterward — and struck out seven and while recording an immaculate first inning (three strikeouts on nine pitches). Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 The Dodgers did not produce a base runner until the fifth inning. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2024 The Gamecocks had four base runners through four innings against Smith -- Cole Messina's single to open the bottom of the first, a couple of walks and a hit batter -- but none reached third. Tom Murphy,, 20 Apr. 2024 Following Wade’s first-inning single, the Giants went 14 up, 14 down, but Jorge Soler at least made sure their next base runner was worthwhile, ripping a two-out single through the left side of the infield to score Fitzgerald, cutting the deficit to 7-2. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 14 Apr. 2024 Cason Campbell, who drew a one-out walk off Bybee in the third, was the only Arkansas State base runner to reach second base. Tom Murphy,, 3 Apr. 2024 Blackburn didn’t allow a base runner through four innings. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 31 Mar. 2024 Enlow surrendered a pair of hits to Ohtani but allowed only two other base runners over his three innings, even coaxing an empty two-strike swing from Freddie Freeman on a sharp breaking ball for his second strikeout. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 12 Mar. 2024 Kendall Diggs popped up to third base and Cali struck out to strand a pair of base runners. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of base runner was in 1866

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“Base runner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

base runner

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