pinch-hit

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pinch-hit

1. In baseball or softball, to bat in place of another player. Let Ben pinch-hit—he's a better hitter than Paul, and you really need to knock in some runs here.
2. By extension, to substitute for or replace another person in any endeavor. I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, so I need you to pinch-hit for me on the conference call.

pinch-hit for someone

 
1. Fig. to bat for someone else in a baseball game. Wally Wilson will pinch-hit for Gary Franklin. Rodney Jones is pinch-hitting for Babe DiMaggio.
2. Fig. to substitute for someone in any situation. Bart will pinch-hit for Fred, who is at another meeting today. Who will pinch-hit for me while I am on vacation?
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He leads the majors with 16 pinch hits, 10 pinch-hit walks and six pinch hit doubles.
Sweeney has 155 career pinch hits and recently passed Dodgers coach Manny Mota (150) for second place on the all-time list.
The lumbering veteran who can play first and third base but mostly just pinch hits is now batting .
Harris' goal this season is to get at least 19 pinch hits, giving him an even 200 over what will have been 17 seasons in the big leagues.
Infielder Dave Hansen, the Dodgers' all-time leader with 110 pinch hits, might not wait around for an offer from the Dodgers, his agent said Tuesday.
Hansen has the most pinch hits (107) in franchise history.
I had (six) at-bats when I came here and since I've been here I've pinch hit five or six times,'' Houston said.
It's been a long road to get to this point, but when I think of pinch hitting, I think of Manny,'' said Hansen, who has 116 career pinch hits.
The offense rallied for five runs in the eighth, keyed by pinch hits from Dave Hansen and Marquis Grissom, only to have the bullpen fritter away a two-run lead and lose on Tsuyoshi Shinjo's single into center field with two outs in the ninth.
He's more than halfway to Dodgers coach Manny Mota's record for career pinch hits (150).
He's 7 for 12 this season and has 80 pinch hits for the Dodgers, 26 behind Manny Mota.
444 as a part-time first baseman, including seven pinch hits.
Vander Wal, who set a major-league record last season with 28 pinch hits, was seeking a $590,000 contract after making $300,000 last season.