Definition of designated hitter in English:

designated hitter

noun

Baseball
  • A non-fielding player named before the start of a game to bat instead of the pitcher anywhere in the batting order.

    • ‘Next are right fielders with 21 followed by left field, center field, third and second base, shortstop, catcher and designated hitter.’
    • ‘The Yankees used several designated hitters in 1978.’
    • ‘Primarily a first baseman and outfielder, he also played 62 games as a designated hitter.’
    • ‘In 1973, the American League introduced the designated hitter rule on an experimental basis in hopes it would help attendance and liven up the game.’
    • ‘Finally, there will be no designated hitters, and each team will have only two pitchers - a starter and a reliever.’

Pronunciation:

designated hitter

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