Definition of pickoff
: a baseball play in which a base runner is picked off
Examples of pickoff in a Sentence
He made a pickoff throw to third base.
Recent Examples of pickoff from the Web
Renteria was a little too spirited for Hallion's liking after Tim Anderson was awarded just one base on a wild pickoff attempt.
Nickerson, an Algiers native, has compiled 133 total tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 10 interceptions and 33 pass breakups in his career, topped by four pickoffs, fumble recoveries and 13 breakups in 2016.
After diving back three times on pickoff attempts, Roberts swiped second and scored on Bill Mueller's single.
After diving back three times on pickoff attempts, Roberts swiped second and scored on Bill Mueller’s single.
When Meyer threw over, first-base umpire Jeff Nelson called a balk, claiming the pitcher’s left knee buckled before the pickoff attempt, and a run scored.
Only three of the runs were earned due to an error on Dee Gordon, who missed a pickoff throw at second base.
After relinquishing hits to Greendale's Logan Rezach and Jaelen Johnson, Tomfohrde was called for a balk on a pickoff attempt to second base.
Shortstop Daniel Robertson singled with one out, then advanced to third when Tillman threw away a pickoff attempt and was charged with an error.
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Definition of pickoff for English Language Learners
baseball : a play in which a runner who is close to a base is tagged out when the pitcher or catcher quickly throws the ball to that base
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