automatic runner

[ aw-tuh-mat-ik ruhn-er ]

nounBaseball, Softball.
  1. Also called ghost runner . a runner who is automatically placed on second base at the beginning of each half of an extra inning, before any pitch is thrown.

Origin of automatic runner

First recorded in 1980–85; added to Major League Baseball rules of play in 2020

Words Nearby automatic runner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023