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
South Elgin outhit Geneva 10-3 and scored two more runs on Bryant Diel's fourth-inning RBI single and an errant pickoff attempt at third in the fifth.
The facial fractures Naylor sustained when a pickoff throw struck him in the face in late April have proved a scary but minor hiccup to date.
Clippard threw a pickoff past first baseman Chris Carter for an error that allowed Rosales to reach third , and Rajai Davis hit a two-hopper to third.
Reliever Tyler Clippard’s wild pickoff throw sparks a two-run eighth inning in the A’s 4-1 win over the Yankees.
An errant pickoff throw sent Kotowski to third base with no outs.
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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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