pinch hitter


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pinch hitter

1. In baseball, a batter who substitutes for someone else. Their pinch hitter ended up hitting a grand slam and winning the game for them!
2. By extension, anyone who acts a s a substitute, especially at the last minute or in an emergency. Because the attorney assigned to the case is so close to having her baby, they asked me to be a pinch hitter in case she gives birth before the trial is over.
See also: hitter, pinch

pinch hitter

A substitute for another person, especially in an emergency. For example, Pat expected her mother to help with the baby, but just in case, she lined up her mother-in-law as pinch hitter . This expression comes from baseball, where it is used for a player substituting for another at bat at a critical point or in a tight situation (called a pinch since the late 1400s). [Late 1800s]
See also: hitter, pinch

pinch hitter

1. n. a substitute batter in the game of baseball. Sam is a pinch hitter for Ralph, who broke his wrist.
2. n. any substitute person. In school today we had a pinch hitter. Our teacher was sick.
See also: hitter, pinch
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Whereas a position player has three or four other at-bats about which to reflect--in addition to his play in the field--the pinch hitter spends his entire day at the ballpark (sometimes nine hours, often more) geared toward one minute of work, maybe less, maybe none at all.
348 (8-for-23) as a pinch hitter through June 27 this season, "there are times you feel like you don't even have the donut off your bat.
Bernie Williams followed with a walk on four pitches, bringing pitching coach Bud Black out of the dugout for a meeting on the mound before pinch hitter Jorge Posada came to bat.
187 average as a pinch hitter, but his best weapon has been his experience, and over time he has developed an in-game routine for nights when he isn't in the starting lineup that has helped him excel at what almost every player in baseball would agree is the game's most challenging role.
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Instead of being an everyday third baseman, he became a spot starter at first and third base and as a pinch hitter.
It was Weaver's ninth strikeout of the game, after which he gave way to a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth.
Glaus will appear only as a designated hitter or pinch hitter the rest of the season.
DaVanon injures ankle: Designated hitter Jeff DaVanon had to leave Friday's game for a pinch hitter in the fourth inning.
The JetHawks threatened in the ninth when Daniel Tosca and Sean Luellwitz led off the inning with consecutive singles, but Quakes reliever Von Sterzbach induced pinch hitter Reggie Abercrombie (who batted for Biguenet) to ground into a double play and struck out Jarred Ball for the final out.