pinch hitter


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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Both entered the game as pinch hitters in the fifth inning. Randy Mcroberts,, "Six IronBirds play at annual NYPL All-Star game," 22 Aug. 2019 Padack took another 13 pitches, in part due to Fernando Tatis Jr.’s throwing error, to close out the inning and was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Outfield crowd; Paddack strikes; Margot’s pop; Hunter on target," 11 Aug. 2019 Huira was called upon as a pinch hitter in the eighth, and after drawing his walk, he was replaced on the bases by Tuesday's starting pitcher Zach Davies. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 6, Brewers 5: Tyler Saladino hits another grand slam … and it’s not enough," 22 July 2019 Lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh, Mengden scattered four hits, struck out five and walked one. Dave Luecking, The Mercury News, "Mengden rises to occasion as A’s shut out the St. Louis Cardinals," 26 June 2019 Bochy also kept first baseman Brandon Belt out of the starting lineup Monday night (Belt entered the game as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning, and was 0-for-1 for the night). Ron Kroichick,, "Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson embraces first home game in SF," 24 June 2019 The top White Sox draft pick of 2016 made his major-league debut as a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth. Tim Bannon,, "Cubs-White Sox series winners and losers: WGN, Willson Contreras, first pitches, Catalina Club, Hawk Harrelson fans," 19 June 2019 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,, "Error in 9th dooms the White Sox to getting swept in Oakland," 14 July 2019

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First Known Use of pinch hitter

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pinch hitter was in 1899

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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