relief pitcher


noun Baseball.

a pitcher brought into a game to replace another pitcher, often in a critical situation.
a pitcher regularly so used, as opposed to one who regularly starts games.

Origin of relief pitcher

First recorded in 1945–50
Also called reliever, reliefer.
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British Dictionary definitions for relief pitcher

relief pitcher


noun

baseball a pitcher who replaces a side's main pitcher during a gameAlso called: reliever
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