American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Baseball A player designated at the start of a game to bat instead of the pitcher in the lineup.
- n. baseball A batter who is permitted to substitute for a pitcher in the batting rotation in Major League Baseball's American League.
- n. colloquial A person who is asked to substitute for another in handling a portion of a task for which the other is less capable.
- n. a ballplayer who is designated to bat in place of the pitcher
“On May 20, 1976, Bill Lee, hardly a Yankee favorite, was pitching to New York designated hitter Otto Velez in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium.”
“—Onetime Dodger pitcher Don Stanhouse, when asked if the National League should adopt the designated hitter”
“In the ninth, Gossage got the first two Indians out, then walked André Thornton before striking out designated hitter Wayne Cage.”
“After Torrez intentionally walked designated hitter Jim Spencer with two men on in the fourth, utility infielder Fred Stanley, playing in place of Dent, hit a grand slam.”
“Two years later, a writer for theBoston Herald American reported him saying that Carl Yastrzemski was an “old man” who should be used as a designated hitter while Rice played left.”
“A former Yankees reliever, left-hander Billy Traber, followed Smoltz, and induced a bouncer to first from designated hitter Hideki Matsui.”
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