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

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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 Later that inning, Sox designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion contemplated taking his imaginary parrot with him to the mound in the bottom of the inning after Matt Wisler plunked him to load the bases. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: No champagne spraying for the White Sox after clinching their 1st playoff berth in 12 years, but they deserve to take a bow," 17 Sep. 2020 Reliever Ryan Helsley, protecting a one-run lead, intentionally walked designated hitter Miguel Cabrera with no outs to load the bases. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers carry 'never give up' mentality. Next up: Tough test vs. White Sox," 12 Sep. 2020 However, there was some discussion about using Betts at second later that year when the Red Sox made it to the World Series against the Dodgers as a way to get designated hitter J.D. Martinez into the lineup for games in the NL park. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Gold Glove outfielder Mookie Betts making his first start at second base in six years," 10 Sep. 2020 To fill Smoak’s spot on their roster, the Brewers acquired first baseman/designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach from the Toronto Blue Jays. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers designate Justin Smoak for assignment, acquire Daniel Vogelbach from Toronto," 3 Sep. 2020 Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera located an 84.5 mph slider inside the strike zone and cashed in on a ground-ball single to left field in the first inning. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers sweep, reach .500 as Miguel Cabrera hits milestone; Casey Mize lacks command," 30 Aug. 2020 Cabrera passes Beltre With his opposite-field single to drive in Reyes in the first inning, designated hitter Miguel Cabrera moved into No. 21 overall on the all-time list with 1,708 RBIs, breaking a tie with Adrian Beltre. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: Spencer Turnbull, Jonathan Schoop deliver 7-1 win," 26 Aug. 2020 That will move Jesse Winker to designated hitter against right-handed pitchers and fill the at-bats from VanMeter. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "'I'm back': Michael Lorenzen feels like his normal self after mechanical tweak," 23 Aug. 2020 The Houston Astros designated hitter, the unanimous choice for American League Rookie of the Year, will have season-ending knee surgery next week, manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez set for season-ending knee surgery," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of designated hitter

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Designated hitter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/designated%20hitter. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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