designated hitter

noun

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

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Pitcher Bryce Fehmel just wants the sophomore designated hitter to stick with whatever he's been eating lately. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks 2018 spring game: Live updates," 21 Apr. 2018 His big body, like that of Pujols, is breaking down, but there will always be at-bats at designated hitter for each. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Here's why Beltre's 3,054th hit might mean more to him than 3,000th did," 5 Apr. 2018 Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani had one hit, a single, in four at-bats. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Albert Pujols hits three-run double as Angels beat Dodgers 4-1," 27 Mar. 2018 Vogt was allowed to participate in catching drills without throwing, and even served as designated hitter in three games before finally receiving the green light to resume throwing Monday. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stephen Vogt's comeback attempt suffers a setback," 12 Mar. 2018 Plus, the Royals plan to rotate Jorge Soler, Cheslor Cuthbert and Mike Moustakas through the designated hitter's spot in the lineup this season. Maria Torres, kansascity, "This is why Frank Schwindel will not be with the Royals on opening day | The Kansas City Star," 28 Mar. 2018 But designated hitter Albert Pujols, 38, regressed markedly last season and still has four years left on his contract. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "A.L. Preview: Watch Out, the Houston Astros Got Better," 26 Mar. 2018 Chase Headley hit a run-scoring infield single — ending an 0-for-28 slide by New York designated hitters in the postseason. Washington Post, "Judge, Sabathia help Yankees beat Astros 8-1, trail ALCS 2-1," 17 Oct. 2017 Dodgers designated hitter Joc Pederson struck the big blow with a three-run homer later in the inning. Kevin Dotson, CNN, "Dodgers even up World Series at 2-2," 28 Oct. 2017

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1961, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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designated hitter

noun

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

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