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

Examples of fielder's choice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Sophomore shortstop Allie Skaggs, an Arizona commit, reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on a single up the middle by senior pitcher Shelby Kelley, a Clemson signee. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Ballard, Butler fall in first round of KHSAA state softball tournament," 7 June 2018 Righty Jim Johnson replaced Bedrosian and Dixon Machado reached on a fielder's choice, which allowed JaCoby Jones to score. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Rally Goose: Detroit Tigers score 5 runs in 6th in 6-1 win over Angels," 31 May 2018 After a fielder's choice, Ducote, who entered as a defensive replacement, drove the ball deep enough to bring home the decisive run. NOLA.com, "UNO baseball upsets No. 1 seed Sam Houston State in Southland Tournament," 23 May 2018 The Badgers loaded the bases on two singles and an error, then scored on a fielder's choice, a single, a sacrifice fly and a three-run double. Joel Odom, OregonLive.com, "Oregon State softball falls to Wisconsin in NCAA regional opener," 18 May 2018 La Cañada scored four runs in the inning, highlighted by a strange fielder's choice, to register an 8-4 win. Charles Rich, latimes.com, "Huge seventh inning leads La Cañada softball by Monrovia," 20 Mar. 2018 The Bearkats had runners on the corners with two outs after a single and an error, but a fielder's choice force at second got the Highlanders out of trouble. Justin Maskulinski, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands moves on to regional championship with sweep of Klein," 25 May 2018 Wilson led off the bottom of the eighth with a double into the right-center gap that kick-started an incredible rally as Glendale's first 12 batters reached safely via three hits, six walks, two errors and one fielder's choice squeeze bunt. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Thirteen proves lucky for Glendale Community College baseball," 6 May 2018 Trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Chad DeGruy reached on a fielder's choice grounder to second with two outs. Jim Derry, NOLA.com, "Rayne 3, Salmen 1: Suicide squeeze in 10th crushes Spartans, ends their season," 24 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fielder's choice.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fielder's choice

1886, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fielder's choice

Share fielder's choice

Statistics for fielder's choice

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fielder's choice

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

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on fielder's choice

See words that rhyme with fielder's choice

Comments on fielder's choice

What made you want to look up fielder's choice? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!