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 base runner (audio) \ noun

Examples of base runner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Garcia allowed at least one base runner during each of the first four innings as the Seminoles put balls in play to test the UCLA defense. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 César Valdez, Tanner Scott and Paul Fry pitched scoreless innings behind him, combining for six strikeouts and one base runner. Nathan Ruiz,, 31 May 2021 Austin Collins came out of the bullpen to work 4 1/3 innings of relief without allowing a base runner for Legacy (23-11), No. 5 in SportsDay’s final Class 5A area ranking. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 20 May 2021 The right hander has retired 13 in a row and has not allowed a base runner since the second inning. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 16 May 2021 Kentucky scored two early runs and the Crimson Tide lineup had yet to produce a single base runner. Michael Casagrande |, al, 28 May 2021 Lauren Trott didn’t allow a base runner in the last two innings. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, 28 May 2021 In four of his eight innings, the Mustangs didn’t have a base runner. Mike Hutton,, 22 May 2021 Experimentation on how best to bring more action to baseball has already begun, mostly at the minor league level, but also at the major league level, such as the new rule of starting each extra inning with a base runner at second base. Jim Ingraham, Forbes, 19 May 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Base runner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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