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

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 That same inning, catcher Gavin Logan threw out a would-be base stealer at second base, picking a ball out of the dirt and firing a bullet across the diamond. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 5 June 2022 He has been known for his defense, throwing out 33 percent of base stealers in his career. James Weber,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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, 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,, 16 July 2019 Source: baseball-reference Doug Brown of Thousand Oaks asks: Ross, What made Maury Wills such a great base stealer? Houston Mitchell,, 5 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of base stealer

1875, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2022

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“Base stealer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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