from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Baseball A base, usually consisting of a hard rubber slab, at one of the corners of a diamond at which a batter stands when hitting and which a base runner must finally touch in order to score.
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- n. A flat, pentagonal, rubber object placed at the center of the batter's box, which is used as a basis for judging pitched strikes and balls, and the touching of which by a runner advancing from or past third base scores a run.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See Home base, under Home.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score
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Enraged after giving up a run-scoring single, Dibble threw a bat (a la Tony LaRussa) at the screen behind home plate at Riverfront, and he has dumped a bucket of ice water (a la Dave Kingman) on a sportswriter.
Mills had words for home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after a strike call to Tommy Manzella and was ejected while still in the dugout.
Or, maybe, just maybe, those screaming Oriole fans seated behind home plate in Camden Yards waving rubber foam syringes pissed him the hell off; so much so that he felt the need to shut those sonofabitches up with action.
Manager Earl Weaver stormed onto the field and persuaded home plate umpire Joe Brinkman to warn Billy Martin that subsequent brushbacks could bring ejections.
ON-DECK AREA: place on the field between the dugout and home plate where the next scheduled hitter awaits his turn to bat.
No one threw the pill from home plate to second sack better than Elizabeth Payne.
The next day, a still-seething Rader met the umpires at home plate for the customary pre-game conference.
CUTOFF MAN: infielder who catches a throw from an outfielder in an attempt to hold up a base runner who is heading for a base or home plate or to get a ball to its intended target faster.
Martin was so distraught that in the top of the ninth in Game Four, he threw a ball at home plate umpire Bill Deegan, who promptly ejected him.
FOUL LINES: lines extending from home plate through first and third base and all the way to the outfield.