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

Keep scrolling for more

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 The Tigers designated hitter and closing pitcher went 1-for-6, but had three RBIs and a Game 1 save, allowing no runs on two hits in 1-2/3 innings of work. Reports, al, "AHSAA baseball playoff roundup: Chilton County sweeps Hueytown, more," 23 Apr. 2021 Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup after coming down with a non-COVID-19-related illness. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Twins ask for moment of silence for Daunte Wright before their game," 13 Apr. 2021 Zunino and Arozarena both homered off starter Jordan Montgomery, who riled the Tampa Bay bench early in the game by hitting Rays designated hitter Austin Meadows with pitches twice. Fred Goodall,, "Yankees top Rays 8-4, Odor snaps late tie with 1st hit for NY," 11 Apr. 2021 The White Sox designated hitter opened 8 for 8 and hasn’t cooled much since. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Yankees-Rays MLB 2021 live stream (4/10): How to watch online, TV info, time," 10 Apr. 2021 Texas designated hitter Khris Davis, acquired from the A’s last month, will be sidelined for at least three weeks because of a quad strain. Chronicle News Services, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lance McCullers Jr., Astros agree on contract extension," 24 Mar. 2021 Hinch loves versatility and wants to get designated hitter Miguel Cabrera reps at first base. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Jeimer Candelario still unsure about his position. Here's why," 22 Jan. 2021 For now, the Red Sox have four players earning more than $15 million this year: starter Chris Sale, who is not yet throwing off a mound after Tommy John surgery last spring; Bogaerts; designated hitter J.D. Martinez; and starter Nathan Eovaldi. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Red Sox Hope the Ghosts of 2018 Won’t Haunt Them," 9 Mar. 2021 Only Polanco, Rosario, Max Kepler and designated hitter Nelson Cruz started more games. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Twins' super utility man Luis Arraez will play 'wherever the team needs'," 16 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'designated hitter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of designated hitter

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about designated hitter

Time Traveler for designated hitter

Time Traveler

The first known use of designated hitter was in 1928

See more words from the same year

Statistics for designated hitter

Last Updated

2 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Designated hitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for designated hitter

designated hitter


English Language Learners Definition of designated hitter

baseball : a player who is chosen at the beginning of a game to bat in the place of the pitcher and who does not play a position in the field

More from Merriam-Webster on designated hitter

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for designated hitter Encyclopedia article about designated hitter

Comments on designated hitter

What made you want to look up designated hitter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!