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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An error, followed by a single from Matthew Russo gave St. Paul's two early base runners. Travis Connelley,, "St. Paul's 3, Jesuit 2 (Game 1): Grant Grosch's walk-off hit gives Jacob Scherer complete-game win," 5 May 2018 So, if the speed is essentially the same and, once injured, the rates of surgery are similar, what else might influence a base runner choosing whether to slide head-first or feet-first? Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "In Baseball, the Flashiest Slide May Not Be the Fastest," 28 Sep. 2018 Center fielder John Shelby throws out a base runner at the plate to end a late rally by the losing Royals. Mike Klingaman,, "Remembering 1983: A look at the Orioles' world championship for the week of May 27-June 2," 27 May 2018 Carmel starter Sommer Edwards stranded six base runners through the first three innings and other than a Minett two-out RBI single in the third, the Millers struggled to breakthrough. Rich Torres, Indianapolis Star, "HS softball: Calm, confident freshman leads Noblesville to sectional title," 24 May 2018 Gonzales had just one inning without base runners reaching scoring position. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners rally late, but A’s had already built too big of a lead to win 7-6," 13 Aug. 2018 The player who homers taps the helmets of the base runners with his own helmet, then salutes the Texas Tech bullpen and the fans behind the Red Raiders’ dugout. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "A College World Series Filled With Hog Hats, Hammers and Championship Belts," 23 June 2018 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

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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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