designated hitter


: 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 So is Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani; Betts, outfielder Teoscar Hernández, catcher Will Smith, and first baseman Freddie Freeman were all chosen as reserves. David Faris, Newsweek, 9 July 2024 Rays designated hitter Brandon Lowe added a solo homer in the ninth inning. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 3 July 2024 Baseball’s $700 million man is proving to be worth every bit of his contract, as Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani has been named to the starters for the 2024 All-Star Game. Bruce Haring, Deadline, 3 July 2024 Marlins designated hitter Bryan De La Cruz hit an RBI double in the third inning, but Ragans was able to rebound. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for designated hitter 

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of designated hitter was in 1928

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“Designated hitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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