batter's eye

noun

Definition of batter's eye

baseball
: a dark-colored area or structure (such as a wall or screen) that is situated behind center field and that is intended to minimize visual distractions in the line of sight of a batter who is tracking a pitched ball
  • Strawberry then hit a monster shot just to the right of the batter's eye in center field, about 440 feet from home plate.
  • —Jim Donaghy, Associated Press9 June 1990
  • The top section of the batter's eye will be a semi-transparent green screen that will allow fans roaming the concourse to see the game without affecting the batter's view.
  • —Paul SullivanChicago Tribune18 Feb. 2002
  • The Boston Ivy will grow up the center field wall and batter's eye and give O'Brien Field a look reminiscent of Wrigley Field.
  • —Jim Ruppert, State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois)3 Oct. 2004

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First Known Use of batter's eye

1952


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