base·​path | \ ˈbās-ˌpath How to pronounce basepath (audio) , -ˌpäth \
variants: or base path

Definition of basepath

: the area between the bases of a baseball field used by a base runner

Examples of basepath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While softball is far from a full-contact sport, tagging on the basepaths is part of the game and collisions on the field are impossible to predict. Sean Gregory, Time, "'I’m Anxious to Get Out and Compete': Senior Citizens Still Plan to Play in Travel Softball Tournaments During the COVID-19 Pandemic," 24 May 2020 Error 0: Of the five Memorial batters that managed to find the basepaths over those 21 batters, three arrived in the team’s last at-bat when a bunt single, a walk and a dribbler scored one run but no more. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Unbeaten Atascocita trips up Lady Mavs 5-3," 7 Mar. 2020 The Orioles, in their first of 13 straight games against teams with playoff aspirations, showed an aggression on the basepaths that didn’t pay off. Nathan Ruiz,, "Jonathan Villar hits for cycle, but Orioles allow more home run records in 9-6 loss to Yankees," 6 Aug. 2019 The 5-9 switch-hitter will not hit for much power, but his speed makes him a threat on the basepaths and also allows him plenty of range in the field. 75. USA TODAY, "MLB's Top 100: Ranking the names you need to know for the 2020 season," 14 Feb. 2020 Already a contributor on the basepaths and in the field, Pirela reinforced his offensive reputation in the fifth. Dennis Lin,, "Pirela, Padres beat Dodgers in series-winning victory," 3 Sep. 2017 This has been a difficult team to manage because of injuries to starters, inconsistent outings from Reynaldo Lopez and Dylan Cease, poor defense at every position except second base and too many basepath blunders to mention. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: With Lucas Giolito shut down, it looks like another grim finish for White Sox fans," 17 Sep. 2019 In five of the seven innings, Michalsky put the first Falcon batter on the basepaths, but Lake failed to capitalize. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Lake blanked by Deer Park for second time in eight days after 5-0 loss," 6 Mar. 2020 Those include spying on catchers while on the basepaths and then relaying their signals to the batter with subtle gestures. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Carlos Beltran Out as Mets Manager After Cheating Scandal," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of basepath

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Basepath.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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