passed ball


Definition of passed ball

: a baseball pitch not hit by the batter that passes the catcher when it should have been caught and allows a base runner to advance one of his trick pitches shot by his catcher for a passed ball— John Drebinger — compare wild pitch

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On Romine’s passed ball, Betts to third, Bogaerts to second., "MLB boxscore: Yankees 9, Red Sox 6," 31 July 2019 This is what followed: hit by pitch, passed ball, run-scoring groundout, infield single, double steal with the lead runner called out at the plate, only to see the call reversed on review, walk and inning-ending strikeout. Mark Schmetzer,, "Bats go quiet as Cincinnati Reds lose 7-1 to Texas Rangers at Great American Ball Park," 14 June 2019 Chris Herrmann, who led off the second with a walk, scored on Robbie Grossman’s sacrifice fly, and Marcus Semien, who doubled into the left-field corner, scored on Matt Wieters’ passed ball. Rusty Simmons,, "Mike Fiers stays hot as A’s win series opener against St. Louis," 3 Aug. 2019 Jurickson Profar led off with a single, then moved to second on Mike Zunino’s passed ball. Ted Ward, The Mercury News, "Back-to-back smashes lead A’s past Rays," 11 June 2019 With one out, Arcia scored the game’s first run on catcher Buster Posey’s first passed ball of the season as Posey failed to handle a cutter well off the outside corner. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants playing their best baseball in 12 months, take down first-place Brewers at home," 14 June 2019 Josh Phegley’s passed ball allowed another run to score later in the inning. Noah Trister, The Seattle Times, "Athletics-Tigers game suspended in 7th with A’s up 5-3," 19 May 2019 Grandal’s passed ball in the eighth drew the fans’ greatest ire, even though happened after the Dodgers already trailed by four runs. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Grandal’s woes, quiet LA bats doom Dodgers in NLCS Game 3," 15 Oct. 2018 In the first contest, Red started out with a 2-0 lead as Matt Johnson and Fields both walked and stole their way into scoring position, before the two either scored on a wild pitch or passed ball. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Red ekes out Section Pony crown over League City White," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of passed ball

1860, in the meaning defined above

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