switch-hitter


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switch-hitter

1. In baseball, someone who is able to bat both left-handed and right-handed. I thought it was a great idea to become a switch-hitter, but I ended up with a pretty lousy batting average as a result. They brought out their switch-hitter to deal with the new left-handed pitcher.
2. slang By extension, someone who is bisexual. We were together for nearly nine months before I found out he was a switch-hitter. I experimented with women in college, but I'm not a switch-hitter or anything.

switch-hitter

1. n. a ballplayer who bats either right-handed or left-handed. (Baseball.) I’m not a switch-hitter. In fact, I can hardly hit the ball at all.
2. n. a bisexual person. (From sense 1) Bart finally decided he was a switch-hitter and asked Brad for a date since Mary was busy.

switch hitter

Originally and literally, a baseball player who can bat either left-handed or right-handed. This meaning dates from the first half of the 1900s but since the mid-1900s the term has been used figuratively for a bisexual person. Further, it is occasionally used for someone or something equally adept at two jobs or in two capacities. Thus an online physics article had, “New, Unusual Semi-Conductor is a Switch Hitter” (January 30, 2009), turning from one type to another via a simple change in temperature.
See also: hitter, switch
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Up to this point, Walt Wilmot of the Chicago Cubs was the only switch-hitter to lead the National League, smacking 13 home runs in 1890, and tying for the league lead with Oyster Burns and Mike Tiernan.
Table 4 Pitcher-Batter Game, 1984-87 (Switch-Hitters Merged) Pitch Left Right Left .2568, -.2568 .2797, -.2797 Bat Right .2782, -.2782 .2649, -.2649
Khan knows he can expect a decent test from the 28-year-old Thorpe, an awkward switch-hitter trained in the Brendan Ingle style before recently defecting to David Coldwell.
But he lost by a three-point margin - despite putting the slippery Sheffield switch-hitter down in both the second and fourth rounds.
With Hare, 28, having lost just once in his 32 professional bouts, it's a mouth-watering clash, and one which Aston insists his slick switch-hitter has more than enough quality to win.
The Pembroke Dock puncher, with nine wins and a controversial draw on his pro record, will be having his first outing of the new season, probably against Yorkshire switch-hitter Carl Baker.
Two fights away from becoming the British lightweight champion, according to leading promoter Frank Warren, the switch-hitter insists he is ready.
The home/road splits were: Stan Musial 22/11, Wally Moon 15/4, Bill Virdon 13/4, and Red Schoendienst (a switch-hitter) 9/2.
Reports coming out of the Tonks camp this week say that switch-hitter Quigley is looking razor sharp and ready to tackle Nottingham's Wood.
The switch-hitter played all four infield positions last season and hit .252 with six homers and 36 RBIs in a career-high 88 games.
Martinez, the three-time All-Star switch-hitter, has a reasonable $7 million contract option for 2010.
Except for the switch-hitter part, that sounds a lot like the 2006 version of Pedroia.
Carey was left fuming when the battled to a draw in their first fight, but had no complaints when he was outpointed by the slippery Sheffield switch-hitter at the Leofric Hotel last November.
It's a venue which has proved successful on both previous visits for the slick switch-hitter, who aims to become Huddersfield's second reigning British champion, with his Northern Fitness stablemate Mark Hobson already in possession of the cruiserweight belt.
Canadian switch-hitter Syd Vanderpool won on last weekend's big Las Vegas show, battering Demetrius Jenkins - beaten by Clinton Woods in Sheffield last month - to defeat in nine rounds.