relief pitcher


Definition of relief pitcher

: a baseball pitcher who takes over for another during a game

Examples of relief pitcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bench-clearing brawls at Major League Baseball games, like the one Tuesday night that resulted in the suspensions of Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly and manager Dave Roberts. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: When is a tax increase not a tax increase? And COVID-19 testing failures put Latino communities in harm's way," 30 July 2020 Schmitt was a two-way player in college — a third baseman and relief pitcher — but the Giants initially plan to use Schmitt on the offensive side. John Shea,, "Giants sign 2nd-rounder Casey Schmitt and two others," 2 July 2020 With the game’s time limit expired, the Mudcats had the tying runs on the basepaths when relief pitcher Leo Requena-Herrera induced a game-ending fielder’s choice to his third baseman. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Little League Blue Astros take see-saw battle from Mudcats," 29 June 2020 Former Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Rob Dibble shared a message via Twitter with Major League Baseball owners: Please pay the players and start the 2020 MLB season. Dave Clark,, "Rob Dibble to MLB owners: 'Just pay them and start the season'," 15 June 2020 Cabrera also talked to Hess, a former LSU relief pitcher. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Paul Mainieri's impact on Detroit Tigers' rebuild is hard to ignore," 13 June 2020 Instead of the usual 26-man rosters, teams should be granted four additional relief pitchers for at least the first two or three weeks of the season. Bobby Nightengale,, "Opinion: Some ideas for Major League Baseball to consider during a shortened season," 17 Mar. 2020 Joe the relief pitcher is about to enter the game to face Fred the hitter, so Joe cues up video of Fred’s last five at-bats against Joe, plus all pertinent data, including Fred’s launch angle and zodiac sign. Scott Ostler,, "Baseball and technology? Let’s pull the plug," 27 Feb. 2020 Hunter became the sixth veteran relief pitcher signed by Philadelphia this offseason. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Tommy Hunter makes it back for spring training, David Robertson on DL," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of relief pitcher

1884, in the meaning defined above

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2 Aug 2020

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“Relief pitcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of relief pitcher

baseball : a pitcher who comes into a game when another pitcher is removed from the game

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