designated hitter


Definition of designated hitter

1 : a baseball player designated at the start of the game to bat in place of the pitcher without causing the pitcher to be removed from the game

Examples of designated hitter in a Sentence

you'll have to be my designated hitter in the office while I'm on business trips
Recent Examples on the Web On Wednesday, Stephenson served as the Reds’ designated hitter for the first time this season. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 11 May 2022 Oregon State entered the ninth inning holding a three-run lead, but Ducks designated hitter Brennan Milone belted a two-run homer to left field to narrow Oregon’s deficit to 8-7. oregonlive, 7 May 2022 Cleveland designated hitter Franmil Reyes struck out four times on the night, including three against Sandoval. Joe Noga, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2022 Tomas Nido tried to ease Arenado's frustration but the Cardinals designated hitter pushed him aside and set off the confrontation between both teams in front of home plate. Andrew Tredinnick, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Nearly three dozen major league hitters have hung around long enough to reach the magic milestone of 3,000 hits, including — as of Saturday —Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera, the most recent to reach the milestone. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2022 Nationals designated hitter Nelson Cruz’s first-inning blast, the 450th home run of his career. James Wagner, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde and designated hitter Trey Mancini were ejected after an odd play in the fourth. Janie Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 21 Apr. 2022 Arizona committed its second error of the game in the following inning, helpoing ASU add to its lead when designated hitter Jacob Tobias hit a bases-clearing single to put ASU up 9-6 in the sixth. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of designated hitter

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Designated hitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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