bench jockey


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bench jockey

In US baseball slang, a coach or player who berates or derides the umpire or opposing players from his team's dugout bench. In this usage, "jockey," the rider of a race horse, refers to "riding someone," which commonly means to harass or ridicule a person. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I wish you wouldn't be such a bench jockey at our games!
See also: bench, jockey

bench jockey

n. a player who sits on the bench and calls out advice. The coach told all the bench jockeys to shut up.
See also: bench, jockey
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It's like a baseball team investing more in the health of the superstar than they do in a bench jockey or minor leaguer."
If BOTH clubs get real and agree a sensible fee he won't be just another bench jockey at Parkhead.
They used to have bench jockeys and they'd call you all kind of names, but usually not to your face.
If the ballplayers weren't doing it, the fans were." Greenberg's teammate Birdie Tebbetts states, "Hank consistently took more abuse from bench jockeys than anybody I've ever known ...
The nastiest of pitchers, Cairo said, "give you no clues whatsoever." In which case the hitter and bench jockeys will turn their attention to the catcher, who would be positioned with feet wider to accept the sinking Kevin Brown fastball for which he'd just signaled.
Whether for lack of Jews or from upper-class restraint, antisemitic epithets were uttered much less frequently and less loudly at tennis and golf matches than at boxing bouts or by baseball bench jockeys. Thus an Anti-Defamation League survey of 1949 found no discrimination in baseball, football, basketball, boxing, and bowling, but noted antisemitic taunts from fans at boxing matches.