bad-ball hitter

bad-ball hitter

In baseball, a batter who tries to hit pitches that are out of the strike zone. A: "What on earth is he swinging at?" B: "He's a bad-ball hitter, it's just how he plays. He'll hit one eventually."
See also: hitter
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Aaron used to have a reputation as a bad-ball hitter, but he isn't easy to fool anymore.
The outfielder batted .318 with 449 homers and 1,496 RBI and was a notorious bad-ball hitter. He said he developed that talent as a kid in the Dominican Republic, playing a game similar to cricket in which hitters swung broomsticks while pitchers tried to bounce balls past them and knock over folded license plates.
"I've always been a bad-ball hitter. I don't take a lot of walks, so I was more of a contact hitter.
"He said Yogi (a notorious bad-ball hitter) would swing and foul it off.
Along with such players as Ichiro Suzuki, Alfonso Soriano, Nomar Garciaparra and Julio Franco, Guerrero is the standard bearer for a disappearing breed in the major leagues: the bad-ball hitter. Their greatness runs counter to a growing trend that emphasizes strike-zone discipline, patience and a high on-base percentage.