contact hitter


: a hitter in baseball who seldom strikes out

Examples of contact hitter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For that reason, Votto predicts a return of the pesky, indefatigable contact hitter. Zach Buchanan, New York Times, 28 July 2023 The first hit for the Tigers (31-41) came from Andy Ibáñez, a pure contact hitter who sent Lynch's first-pitch changeup on the ground and into center with one out in the fourth. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 21 June 2023 An excellent contact hitter and a versatile defender, McNeil also made 44 starts in the outfield last season: 33 in left field and 11 in right. Mike Fitzpatrick,, 31 Jan. 2023 The gamble was that Segura, a strong contact hitter, might poke a grounder to the right side, just hard enough to get through but just weak enough to give two runners time to score. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2022 Without power, Cabrera excelled as a contact hitter and was contributing positively. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 1 Oct. 2022 Not for the renowned contact hitter who finished with as many homers as Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker, stars of the deadball era. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2022 Last spring, the right-handed Wagner was a contact hitter. Matt Le Cren,, 5 Apr. 2022 And as a speedy contact hitter in the lineup of Joe Maddon, who stresses on-base ability, aggressive baserunning and situational hitting more than most managers, Wade won’t have to worry about being a Bronx Bomber. Austin Knoblauchassistant Editor, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of contact hitter was in 1982

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“Contact hitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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