American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Baseball The act or fact of putting out a base runner on a force play.
- n. alternative spelling of force out.
- n. a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base
“After walking the leadoff batter and getting a force-out from the second hitter, Glavine gave up a single, a single, a double, a single, a walk, a single, and then he hit a batter.”
“But the game ended with Jerry Hairston grounding into a force-out at second.”
“Mid 3, 1:51: Chamberlain retired Chris Marrero on a force-out at second.”
“Run out: When the batter chooses to run (and this is a choice) he can be “thrown out” in baseball parlance if a fielder throws the ball back and hits the stump (or someone tags the stump with the ball) before the runner gets back to the wicket (the equivalent to a force-out in baseball).”
“She had hit the ball sharply in her previous at-bat, but this time her ground ball was fielded by the pitcher, who threw to home plate for the force-out.”
“Whether Mr. Merkle touched second or not has always been disputed, but Cubs second baseman Johnny Evers grabbed the ball, stepped on second and claimed a force-out.”
“Joe Klein would be the kind of second baseman for whom the infield fly rule was created: you know, runners on base in force-out situation – batter hits a shallow pop-up, runners have to hold.”
“Andy Pettitte going to second base for a force-out in the sixth inning of Game 6 when he could have forced out the lead runner at third.”
“He called for a ball from the umpire and stepped on second base, claiming to have retired Merkle on a force-out.”
“It's a force-out attempt aimed at us or at anybody who thinks our way.”
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