Definition of base path in US English:

base path


  • The straight-line path from one base to the next, along which a base runner travels while a play is being made.

    • ‘He didn't do much running on the base paths last year, but he hopes to this season.’
    • ‘In two and a half years, North was in the major leagues, wowing everyone with his speed in center field and on the base paths.’
    • ‘And, his skill on the base paths, while not always recorded in the box score, helped the Dodgers win games.’
    • ‘Why does a long fly ball, and the ensuing slow jog around the base paths, captivate us like no other play in the game?’
    • ‘If we wanted to measure how fast you knock guys around the base paths, we could use OBP with runners on base.’