fielder's choice

noun

Definition of fielder's choice

: a situation in baseball in which a batter reaches base safely because the fielder attempts to put out another base runner on the play

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After Julia Valenzuela was hit by a pitch to start the bottom half, Brannan hit into a fielder's choice that erased Valenzuela, Kennedy walked and Clemetson got an infield hit to load the bases with one out, setting up Vandiver's walkoff grounder. Steve Galluzzo, latimes.com, "Ninth-inning blunder pushes top-seeded UCLA softball to the brink of elimination," 20 May 2018 With runners on first and third and two outs, Jurickson Profar grounded into a fielder's choice. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Loss to Royals filled with missed opportunities | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 May 2018 Cody Bellinger grounded into a fielder's choice, but Taylor crushed a 1-and-2 slider for his homer, and Puig smoked an 0-and-1 slider for his fifth homer in his last seven starts. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Dodgers go back-to-back to beat Rockies," 23 May 2018 Witherspoon popped out to second, and Hoese grounded into a fielder's choice to end the threat. Joseph Halm, NOLA.com, "Wild pitch seals Pelican Cup as UNO knocks off Tulane, 3-2," 3 Apr. 2018 Cole Cavallo came up big once again for Northshore, driving in four runs on a double in the second, a fielder's choice in the fourth and a single in the fifth that ended the game via the mercy rule. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Northshore 10, Mandeville 0: Panthers take advantage of 5 Skippers errors," 27 Mar. 2018 Following a two-out single and then a hit-by-pitch to load the bases, Mize navigated his way out of the inning with a fielder's choice to start a streak of 10 consecutive hitters retired. Tom Green, AL.com, "No vintage Casey Mize, no problem for Auburn in series-opening win against Missouri," 31 Mar. 2018 With the deficit narrowed to 13-11 and West Boynton runners on first and third and the winning run at the plate with one out, Dean Dragos took the mound in relief and shut the door with a strikeout and a fielder's choice. Gary Curreri, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca Raton Senior All-Stars rally to district title in best-of-3 series," 30 June 2018 Votto got a run in a 4-3 groundout, and Eugenio Suarez got another in with a fielder's choice. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Jesse Winker hits 1st career walk-off homer to give Cincinnati Reds a 7-5, 13-inning win," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of fielder's choice

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fielder's choice was in 1886

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