called strike


Definition of called strike

: a pitched baseball not struck at by the batter that passes through the strike zone

Examples of called strike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mitchell started to swing, checked it, then stood unbelieving as umpire Babe Pinelli, working behind the plate for the last time before retirement, called strike three. Mike Kupper, Los Angeles Times, "Don Larsen, only pitcher to throw a perfect game in World Series, dies at 90," 1 Jan. 2020 And Minor got the milestone K on the next pitch when umpire C.B. Bucknor called strike three on a pitch that appeared to be up and maybe out of the zone. Stephen Hawkins, Houston Chronicle, "Rangers' Mike Minor's 200th strikeout causes controversy," 26 Sep. 2019 Nine of his 18 called strikes arrived against the four-seamer. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros battle on the road to sweep series against Rockies," 4 July 2019 Pro-secession student groups have marched and called strikes and sit-ins, pressuring several universities in Catalonia to cancel some classes and make attendance optional so students can join protests. Washington Post, "Catalans against secession are alarmed by recent violence," 3 Nov. 2019 Breaking pitches that bounce in front of the catcher before crossing home plate have also been called strikes because the software has detected that the ball crossed the front of the plate even with the batter's knee. Jacob Bogage,, "Baseball’s ‘robot umpires’ to debut in the Atlantic League and you may not notice the difference," 10 July 2019 Yet the news of Giuliani’s accidental phone calls strikes a different chord, stirring a more generalized anxiety. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, "Rudy Giuliani and the Butt-Dialler Within All of Us," 5 Nov. 2019 Other unions call strikes and workers cross the picket line. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "It's 'possible' UAW workers will strike Ford, FCA if pushed for contract concessions," 21 Oct. 2019 Volker said Thursday that he was never given an explanation about the aid suspension, which analysts called striking. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s ex-envoy says Ukrainians gave Giuliani misinformation on the Bidens," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of called strike

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Called strike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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