contact hitter

noun

Definition of contact hitter

: a hitter in baseball who seldom strikes out

Examples of contact hitter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 24-year-old isn't swinging for the fences with Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League, but is taking steps in the right direction as a contact hitter. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers in winter leagues: Jeimer Candelario debuts soon, Sergio Alcantara thriving," 8 Dec. 2020 The Cubs might look to acquire a more seasoned contact hitter for the top of the order. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Cubs — and new boss Jed Hoyer — will try to address needs during this week’s virtual winter meetings amid much uncertainty about the 2021 season," 6 Dec. 2020 Russell’s return in early May occurred around the same time veteran Ben Zobrist, the 2016 World Series MVP and the team’s best contact hitter, left to address a family matter and didn’t return until September. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "World Series hangover to just over? After another Chicago Cubs playoff dud, a look at what’s gone wrong since their 2016 championship run.," 4 Oct. 2020 As a speedy contact hitter, Kemp was used to being at the top of the order through college and in the minors. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Tony Kemp embraces batting ninth as ‘second leadoff hitter’," 5 Aug. 2020 He’s known for being a contact hitter, but Espalin is capable of power swings, too. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Elite prospect, former USC recruit Tank Espalin commits to IU baseball," 29 June 2020 That team was known for relentless contact hitters who slashed doubles and charged aggressively around the bases. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "After Hitting a ‘Very Dark Spot,’ Angels Are Ready for a Reset," 26 Feb. 2020 Epstein will hire a director of hitting and director of pitching in hopes of developing contact hitters and addressing a long-standing void of producing homegrown pitchers. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Theo Epstein says change is coming after the Cubs fell into the ‘winner’s trap.’ Could that mean dealing Kris Bryant or Javier Baez? ‘I don’t believe in untouchables.’," 30 Sep. 2019 Over the next four days, Epstein and his staff will seek to achieve some of their objectives, including acquiring young, impact team-controllable starting pitching and a contact hitter. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs and White Sox bring their shopping lists to the winter meetings," 7 Dec. 2019

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Contact hitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contact%20hitter. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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