switch-hit; switch-hitting

intransitive verb

: to bat right-handed against a left-handed pitcher and left-handed against a right-handed pitcher in baseball

Examples of switch-hit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roberto Alomar With Baltimore from 1996 to 1998, switch-hitting second baseman Roberto Alomar was a key member of the 1996 and 1997 American League Championship Series teams, the only Orioles squads to make the postseason after 1983 and before 2012. Paul McCardell, Baltimore Sun, 7 Feb. 2024 The switch-hitting Polanco batted .255 with 14 homers and 48 RBIs in 80 games last season. Jay Cohen, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2024 Jimenez, an 18-year-old switch-hitting catcher who signed for $1.25 million, hit .277 with one home run, 24 walks and 30 strikeouts in 46 games. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 15 Jan. 2024 That last group includes prospects such as Alvarez, a 5-9, 185-pound, switch-hitting infielder who once upon a time delayed his chance to pursue a professional baseball career in order to live out a juxtaposing athletic dream. Cleats, bats and gloves were replaced with a pair of skates. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Don Buford Don Buford was a switch-hitting leadoff man for the Orioles from 1968 to 1972 who batted .270 while with the club. Paul McCardell, Baltimore Sun, 17 Jan. 2024 Manager David Ross likes the consistency in the switch-hitting Happ’s at-bats and his ability to work counts. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 The switch-hitting outfielder had been impressive on a road trip against the Houston Astros since the Yankees called him up Sept. 1. Scott Thompson, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2023 The switch-hitting middle infielder made his big league debut May 16 in Chicago. Joe Noga, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2023

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Word History


back-formation from switch-hitter

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of switch-hit was in 1938

Dictionary Entries Near switch-hit

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“Switch-hit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switch-hit. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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