Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Baseball A pitch deliberately thrown high and away from the batter to make it easier for the catcher to throw out a base runner who is standing off a base or attempting to steal.
  • n. Football A lateral pass from the back receiving the snap from the center to another back behind the line of scrimmage.

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  • n. A pitch that is intentionally thrown high and outside of the strike zone in order to prevent a stolen base

Etymologies

pitch +‎ out (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Fueled by their frenzy, in the eighth inning the American League West Champions correctly called pitchout when, with Jorge Posada batting, Brett Gardner attempted to steal second.

    One Season

  • The Braves called a pitchout as Xavier Paul was squaring to bunt and McKenry was running toward the plate.

    The Seattle Times

  • Hanley Ramirez led off with a single and the Reds were determined to keep him there, throwing over to first and then calling a pitchout on the second offering to Cantu.

    daytondailynews.com - News

  • Hanley Ramirez led off with a single and the Reds were determined to keep him on first, throwing over and then calling a pitchout on the second offering to Cantu.

    Brandon Sun Online - Top Stories

  • Wakamatsu called a pitchout and the Mariners caught Mauer between third and home for the second out.

    HeraldNet.com LOCAL NEWS

  • Moments after the Mariners pulled off a home run-saving catch by center fielder Franklin Gutierrez and a perfectly called pitchout to thwart a squeeze bunt, a misplayed routine fly ball beat them.

    HeraldNet.com LOCAL NEWS

  • (notes) led off with a single and the Reds were determined to keep him there, throwing over to first and then calling a pitchout on the second offering to Cantu.

    Yahoo! Sports - Top News

  • Added Jones, who will join Cox in Cooperstown someday, "You might see him making a pitching change, a double switch or calling a pitchout on a squeeze play.

    FanHouse

  • "Two of them were on a hit-and-run—it was a pitchout, or a guy missed it," Gardner began.

    A Skunk at the Gardner Party

  • As for a pitchout in anticipation of a stolen-base attempt, it doesn't really benefit a catcher to vacate the box early; it might tip off the runner.

    Step Up to the Plate—and Stay There!

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