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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After a fielder's choice cut down Widra at home, Blair's single down the left field line scored McVey and Burkhardt. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2022 Slavens doubled to lead off for Arkansas but was stranded at third base when Hudson Polk grounded into a fielder's choice. Arkansas Online, 18 Feb. 2023 AJ Pollock grounded into a fielder's choice to third and Urias stepped on the bag to force Bellinger and fired to first. Beth Harris,, 2 Oct. 2020 Manuel Margot cut the Tampa Bay deficit to 2-1 on a third-inning fielder's choice and made it 4-2 on an RBI single in the seventh. Mark Didtler, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 With one out, four straight batters reached safely: Harold Castro (RBI double), Willi Castro (RBI single), Schoop (fielder's choice) and Grossman (single). Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 16 July 2022 The Rangers scored their runs on a fielder's choice, wild pitch and sacrifice fly. Brian Hall, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 Austin Nola was hit by a pitch, and Jake Cronenworth followed with an RBI fielder's choice groundout. Richard J. Marcus, ajc, 18 Apr. 2022 Torkelson walked, Jonathan Schoop reached safely on a fielder's choice and Akil Baddoo hustled for a bunt single with one out. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Fielder's choice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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