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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teams to pinch-hit for pitchers with impunity, although said teams are less likely now.
Gone are the days when Smoky Burgess could sit on the White Sox bench all season and pinch-hit 70 times.
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.
Hall of Fame outfielder Cy Williams was the first to top 10, hitting 11 before he retired in 1930, but he had only 30 other pinch-hits.
What's more, to be able to do so season after season, fashioning a lengthy career chiefly out of the ability to pinch-hit successfully rather than to regularly play a position in the field.
It's a tough job because you don't know when you'll be called on to pinch-hit," Mota told sportswriter Jerry Beach.
When I'm called on to pinch-hit," said Burgess, "I go up there with one thing in mind, to get a hit.
It wasn't until three years later, on June 7, 1892, that Jack Doyle of the Cleveland Indians produced the first pinch-hit when he substituted for pitcher George Davis in a game at Brooklyn.
Others give the nod to Moose McCormick, whom New York Giants manager John McGraw delegated to pinch-hit during the outfielder's four seasons (1908-1909, 1912-1913) with the team.
That's a commendable if unattainable ambition for many who pinch-hit for a living.