relief pitcher


Definition of relief pitcher

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

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That’s a laudable trait for, say, a relief pitcher who coughs up a home run. Willie Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Donald Trump has a frightening trait. He believes his own lies," 13 Jan. 2018 Josh Hader is a strikeout rock star (75 in 38 innings), Jeremy Jeffress leads all relief pitchers with a 0.53 ERA, and the supporting cast has been solid. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: The bullpen gets the love, but look who else has stood out for the Crew," 13 June 2018 Maybe Rivera, the greatest relief pitcher in major-league history, is sui generis for him that regard. Mike Sielski,, "Gabe Kapler isn't God, and the Phillies bullpen has few good options | Mike Sielski," 26 June 2018 The Cubs relievers started this dance craze, but the Storm Chasers relief pitchers showed their, ah, creative side with some of the moves. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Relievers for Royals' Class AAA affiliate show off funny dance moves in bullpen," 13 June 2018 Trend-setting Lou: Rays manager Kevin Cash has been experimenting this season with the use of relief pitchers as starters for an inning or two. Paul Sullivan,, "Javier Baez becoming one of the National League's elite all-around players," 22 June 2018 Herrera has been great, but like Moose would be a two-month-plus-postseason rental, and the trade market could include a lot of relief pitchers. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Vermes' future, Royals' good stretch, whiny QBs, DJ as a Raider & more | The Kansas City Star," 8 May 2018 The Badgers will have a strong staff of relief pitchers this season with sophomore Michael Romano from Covington, La., and graduate student transfer Rob Ewald from Lafayette College leading the charge. Spring Hill College Athletics,, "Badger Baseball to open 2018 at home vs AUM on Friday," 1 Feb. 2018 More Detroit Tigers: The AL is stacked in the outfield, and an additional relief pitcher will better suit Astros manager A.J. Hinch in the glorified exhibition game. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Nick Castellanos is an All-Star snub. Who's to blame?," 9 July 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of relief pitcher was in 1884

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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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