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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264 in 804 career pinch-hit at-bats while Hansen managed a .
429 in pinch-hit at-bats and also took eight walks, registering a .
In 38 pinch-hit plate appearances, Wright--also in his last season--had two singles, no walks, one sacrifice fly and 17 strikeouts.
Former mtielder Lenny Harris is the all-time leader with 212 pinch-hits, amassed in an 18-year career spent with eight N.
The active leader in both pinch-hits and pinch-at-bats is Greg Dobbs, who at press time had not been signed for the 2015 season.
Any list of the game's most famous pinch-hits would have to include Kirk Gibson's monumental home run for the Dodgers off Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series; 3-foot-7 Eddie Gaedel's appearance for the Browns against the Tigers in 1951; Dusty Rhodes' walkoff homer to capture Game 1 of the 1954 World Series for the Giants; Francisco Cabrera's game-winning pinch-single to clinch the 1992 NLCS for Atlanta; and Bernie Carbo's game-tying shot for Boston in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
PLAYERS WITH MOST CAREER PINCH-HITS PLAYER PINCH-HITS Lenny Harris 211 Mark Sweeney 175 Manny Mota 150 Smoky Burgess 145 Greg Gross 143 Dave Hansen 138 John Vander Wal 129 Jose Morales 123 Orlando Palmeiro 120 Jerry Lynch 116 Red Lucas 114 Sieve Braun 113 Terry Crowley 108 Denny Walling 108 Gates Brown 107 Matt Stairs 105 Jim Dwyer 103 Mike Lum 103 Rusty Staub 100
Cliff Johnson, a well-traveled catcher/first baseman, set the record for most pinch-hit home runs with 20 during a 15-year (1972-86) career.
Del Unser, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder, was the first to homer in three consecutive pinch-hit appearances in 1979.
I feel it (pinch-hitting) is by far the hardest thing to do," said Vander Wal, who set the major league record for most pinch-hits in a season with 28 in 1995 when with the Colorado Rockies.
Vander Wal obviously managed to keep his swing in 1995 when he set the record for most pinch-hits in a season.
Despite the problem of timing, Vander Wal has steadily climbed the all-time list of batters with most career pinch-hits, passing such previous standouts as Morales, Lynch and Lucas.
For more than two decades, until Harris broke it in 2002, onetime Los Angeles Dodger Mota held the record for most career pinch-hits with 150, five more than collected by Burgess, who now ranks third, between 1949 and 1967.
Burgess faded badly at the age of 40 in his final season of 1967, with only eight pinch-hits in 60 at-bats for the White Sex, reducing his career pinch-hitting average to .
Almost every Series has produced vital pinch-hits, the most memorable of recent decades coming in 1988 when Kirk Gibson of the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a two-run homer off Dennis Eckersley with two out in the ninth to defeat the Oakland A's 54 in Game 1.