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

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Utilityman Blake Swihart served as designated hitter and went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two strikeouts for High-A affiliate Visalia of the California League Friday night. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo sees double standard in Ketel Marte ejection," 20 July 2019 The only Seattle player to reach base was designated hitter Omar Narvaez, who walked with one out in the fifth inning. Joe Reedy, chicagotribune.com, "Angels combine for a no-hitter, Mike Trout drives in 6 in honor of late teammate Tyler Skaggs," 13 July 2019 The only Seattle player to reach base was designated hitter Omar Narvaez, who walked with one out in the fifth inning. Washington Post, "Angels’ Cole, Peña combine for no-hitter against Mariners," 13 July 2019 Edgar Martinez, who was the great third baseman/designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners from 1987 to 2004, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y. Los Angeles Times, "Morning Briefing: Alex Rodriguez pays tribute to Edgar Martinez," 18 July 2019 Ortiz was a first baseman and designated hitter during his 20-year career before retiring in 2016. oregonlive.com, "Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz shot in the Dominican Republic," 10 June 2019 Tebow, 30, is an outfielder and designated hitter with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies in the New York Mets’ organization. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Say this for Tim Tebow: He's an Eastern League all-star," 29 June 2018 Correa stroked the designated hitter's bushy beard, even the wunderkind shortstop needing a piece of his teammate who, at this moment, is baseball's best hitter. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Evan Gattis' grand slam lifts Astros over Royals," 15 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of designated hitter

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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