Definition of designated hitter in English:

designated hitter


  • A non-fielding player named before the start of a game to be in the batting order, typically in place of the pitcher.

    • ‘Finally, there will be no designated hitters, and each team will have only two pitchers - a starter and a reliever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Yankees used several designated hitters in 1978.’
    • ‘Primarily a first baseman and outfielder, he also played 62 games as a designated hitter.’
    • ‘Next are right fielders with 21 followed by left field, center field, third and second base, shortstop, catcher and designated hitter.’


designated hitter