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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In a jam, Sapienza stoned the Raiders’ comeback chances with a strikeout, his sixth of the game, leaving three base runners stranded. Chris Bokum,, "North Andover wins duel with Central Catholic," 2 May 2018 Over his career Bench threw out 43% of the risk-tolerant base runners who chose to test his arm. Jon Wertheim,, "Johnny Bench Is Already a Hall-of-Famer, But He's Looking For a New Distinction," 5 July 2018 Eissler faced the minimum 18 batters over six innings after picking off the lone base runner at first base after a seeing-eye single to right field. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "After the week that was, it's only fitting TCU pitchers earn national honors | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 Lin ended up scoring on an overthrow to third base, but on the very same play Glenelg executed a rundown to eliminate the other base runner. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Glenelg softball starts fast to earn bounce-back win over River Hill," 19 Apr. 2018 After allowing two base runners with two outs, Gilbert walked Foscue to load the bases for Mississippi State catcher Marshall Gilbert, who struck out swinging on three straight pitches in his first at-bat. Andrew Lopez,, "LSU baseball's offense goes cold as Mississippi State evens series," 30 Mar. 2018 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

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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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