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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Other Words from base runner

baserunning \ ˈbās-​ˌrə-​niŋ How to pronounce baserunning (audio) \ noun

Examples of base runner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cobb is allowing nearly three base runners per inning as opponents are hitting .484 against him through three starts. Josh Land,, "Orioles on deck: What to watch Tuesday at Angels, plus lineups, broadcast info and more," 1 May 2018 The Cardinals had a pair of base runners reach against Smith in the bottom of the ninth, but the left-hander recorded his 31st save of the season by striking out St. Louis center fielder Harrison Bader on three pitches. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Tony Watson lays out ‘like a 34-year-old dad,’ updates status after X-Ray," 5 Sep. 2019 For the first eight innings Sunday, none of the at-bats by those Orioles or any other produced a hit, with Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough combining to not allow a base runner. Nathan Ruiz,, "Orioles break up Rays’ combined perfect game bid in ninth, lose 4-1," 14 July 2019 The Nationals are 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and have stranded 10 base runners. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Astros Hold Off Nationals to Win Game 3 of the World Series," 25 Oct. 2019 The Twins stranded 11 base runners, while going 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Jace Frederick: This is how we playoff baseball," 7 Oct. 2019 Once again Binghamton pitchers kept the Goats quiet, striking out nine and stranding 11 base runners. Staff Report,, "Binghamton quiets Yard Goats, 4-1," 1 Sep. 2019 Only twice did a pitcher allow no more than two base runners, with no walks and at least seven strikeouts. Tom Verducci,, "Walker Buehler Has the Arm, Arsenal and Attitude to Be a Star," 13 Aug. 2019 For all of the justified excitement about the rotations in this World Series, the starters have been merely ordinary so far, combining for a 4.88 earned run average and allowing 37 base runners via hits or walks in 24 innings. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Astros Soared Into the World Series. Now They’re Reeling.," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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20 May 2020

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“Base runner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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