passed ball

[ past bawl ]


, Baseball.
  1. a pitched ball that the catcher can reasonably be expected to catch but misses, allowing one or more base runners to advance one or more bases.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of passed ball1

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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Example Sentences

Among the 299 catchers to log at least 500 innings since 1995, Posey ranks sixth in fewest passed balls per nine innings.

Contreras raced to third on a passed ball that bounced in front of catcher Yan Gomes and squirted away.

Second base available because the passed ball permitted Conteras to advance.

The first run scored on a passed ball when catcher Jonathan Lucroy missed a fastball in the zone.

Neither side was able to tally, although a scratch hit put a Giant on first and a passed ball advanced him to second.

Willis lined out a single, bringing in Larry and reaching second himself a moment later on a passed ball.

Buck might have done so, but somehow he "crossed signals" with Jack, the result being a passed ball that let in a score.

Summervilles first run for four innings was scored a moment later when Bob stole home on a passed ball.

Well, perhaps it did go somewhere near the plate, though to see it coming youd have thought it was going to be a passed ball!





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