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  • Preparing to have or having one's turn to attempt to hit the ball.
  • in the state of being called upon to perform a task, particularly one for which the performer will be required to demonstrate skill to succeed


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  • Bob Lemon sent left-handed power hitter Jim Spencer up to bat for second baseman Brian Doyle.

    The Greatest Game

  • —Jose Gonzalez, weak-hitting Dodger outfielder, after Tommy Lasorda sent the equally weak-hitting Mike Sharperson up to bat for him

    Baseball’s Even Greater Insults


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