base stealer


Definition of base stealer

: a baseball player who steals bases Renteria is twenty-eight years old, a good fielder and base stealer— Allen Barra

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Other Words from base stealer

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 He has been known for his defense, throwing out 33 percent of base stealers in his career. James Weber,, "A look at Northern Kentucky players in Major League Baseball," 9 Apr. 2020 Contreras threw out 29% of potential base stealers, and Jon Lester’s ERA 4.46 ERA was nearly a half-run lower when Contreras caught him. Mark Gonzales,, "Can Willson Contreras stay healthy? 5 questions about the Cubs catchers heading into 2020," 4 Oct. 2019 Severino also caught nine of 17 would-be base stealers through June 4, and his OPS was up to .937 with a three-homer game that day in Texas. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles’ fluid catching situation yields little in way of answers in 2019," 14 Oct. 2019 Amaya threw out 46 of 132 would-be base stealers (34.8%) for Class A Myrtle Beach this past season and has nailed 37% in four minor-league seasons. Mark Gonzales,, "Catcher Miguel Amaya, one of the Cubs’ top prospects, is among 4 players added to the 40-man roster," 19 Nov. 2019 But Brantley nabbed second against Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki, who threw out just 5 of 50 base stealers during the regular season. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Astros Hold Off Nationals to Win Game 3 of the World Series," 25 Oct. 2019 In acquiring Maldonado, 32, the Cubs have a 2017 American League Gold Glove catcher who has thrown out 122 of 327 attempted base stealers for a 37.3 percent success rate — best among catchers starting in 2011 (minimum 600 games played). Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs trade Mike Montgomery for Royals catcher Martin Maldonado as Willson Contreras goes on the injured list," 16 July 2019 Source: baseball-reference Doug Brown of Thousand Oaks asks: Ross, What made Maury Wills such a great base stealer? Houston Mitchell,, "Dodgers Dugout: Who goes down when Freese, Seager and Pollock return?," 5 July 2019 Last season with the Dogs, Falsetti threw out 36% of would-be base stealers, which was 13 percentage points better than the league average. Ryan Nilsson,, "Chicago-area baseball players along for the ride as Atlantic League tests new rules: ‘The whole point is to get it right.’," 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of base stealer

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Base stealer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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