pinch hitter

noun

Definition of pinch hitter

: one that pinch-hits

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Examples of pinch hitter in a Sentence

the business owners brought in a pinch hitter until a permanent manager could be hired

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Manager Bud Black said Alonso will see some time as a starter at first, but would mostly be used as a pinch hitter and situational player. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Yonder Alonso called up to be Rockies’ backup first baseman," 23 July 2019 Pinder singled as a pinch hitter off Jace Fry (1-4) to begin the ninth. Michael Wagaman, chicagotribune.com, "Error in 9th dooms the White Sox to getting swept in Oakland," 14 July 2019 After second baseman Jonathan Schoop appeared to tweak his left oblique swinging at a pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning, Arraez entered the game as a pinch hitter to take over an 0-2 count. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "WATCH: With one plate appearance, Twins rookie Luis Arraez proves future is bright," 17 July 2019 But none of the catchers will be confused with Tommy La Stella as a first-rate pinch hitter, with Caratini (.163 batting average in 43 at-bats) possessing the highest mark. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Three’s a crowd for the Cubs catching corps, but Joe Maddon vows to ‘figure this out’," 16 July 2019 Sox pinch hitters have been godsends this season, hitting .432 with three homers and 13 RBIs. Julian Benbow, BostonGlobe.com, "In a pinch, Marco Hernandez delivers win for Red Sox," 4 July 2019 Ex-Cardinal Stephen Piscotty later drove in a run with a single to set the stage for Davis’ rare appearance as a pinch hitter. Dave Luecking, The Mercury News, "A’s beat Cardinals playing NL baseball," 25 June 2019 Mark Reynolds has been ineffective, batting 1-for-30 with one home run and three RBIs as a pinch hitter. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: Window of contention for Colorado, Coors Field attendance, starting rotation update and more," 25 June 2019 So when Panik led off the fifth with a double — Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia appeared to lose Panik’s line drive in the lights — Bochy felt compelled to summon Brandon Belt as a pinch hitter. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ meek offense results in 2-0 loss to Colorado," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of pinch hitter

1899, in the meaning defined above

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pinch hitter

noun

Kids Definition of pinch hitter

1 : a baseball player who is sent in to bat for another
2 : a person who does another's work in an emergency

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