base stealer


: a baseball player who steals bases
Renteria is twenty-eight years old, a good fielder and base stealerAllen Barra
base stealing noun
Another factor in base stealing that Morgan believes is overlooked is the failure rate. Randy Minkoff

Examples of base stealer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even though the team’s two best base stealers in De La Cruz and McLain were called up during the season, the Reds have been the best base-stealing team in the National League in 2023. The Enquirer, 31 July 2023 Before every game, the Cincinnati Reds have a base stealers meeting. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 23 July 2023 He’s thrown out 8 of 19 would-be base stealers, a 42 percent rate that ranks among the best in baseball. Alex Speier,, 13 May 2023 The Dodgers have thrown out only six base stealers. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2023 Despite Fairchild’s speed, he’s never been a prolific base stealer. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 10 Apr. 2023 McGuire might be a reliable backup, especially if his pitchers give him a chance to throw out a base stealer once in a while, but this could be the weakest position on the Sox roster. Chad Finn,, 5 Apr. 2023 Best base stealer in team history. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2022 For the league’s best base stealers, this change could mean a permanent green light to run – especially when pitchers are also being limited to two pickoff attempts per plate appearance. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of base stealer was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Base stealer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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