Pull hitter

Pull hitter

In baseball, a pull hitter is a batter who usually hits the ball to the side of the field from which he bats. For example, a right-handed pull hitter, who bats from the third-base side of the plate, will usually hit the ball to the third-base side of the field, termed "left field" according to the baseball convention of describing the field from the audience's or "house" perspective. The opposite of pull hitting is known as "hitting to the opposite field." Hitters who rarely hit to the opposite field or "up the middle" are often described as dead pull hitters.

When a pull hitter with a high batting average is at the plate, it is common for the manager of the defensive team to implement the defensive tactic known as "shifting," moving one or more infielders and/or outfielders to the side of the field to which the batter usually hits, with the number of moved players being proportional to the increase in likelihood of the batter's hitting to that side of the field. For a left-handed power hitter such as the Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard or a strong left-handed contact hitter such as Ted Williams (who possessed considerable power as well), a full "shift" involves placing the third baseman in the shortstop's normal position; the shortstop between the first and second basemen, usually in shallow right field; the left fielder in left-center or center field; and the center fielder in right-center field. Conversely, managers often call for the opposite shift when a strong right-handed pull hitter is at bat for the opposing team.

See also

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • pull-hitter — see pull …   Useful english dictionary

  • pull hitter — Baseball. a batter who tends to hit the ball to the same side of the field as that on which he or she stands at home plate. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • pull hitter — noun : a baseball batter who consistently pulls the ball …   Useful english dictionary

  • hitter — See: PINCH HIT, PINCH HITTER, PULL HITTER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hitter — See: PINCH HIT, PINCH HITTER, PULL HITTER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hitter — See: pinch hit, pinch hitter, pull hitter …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pull the string — verb To throw an off speed pitch, a change up, to cause the hitter to swing early and miss …   Wiktionary

  • No-hitter — This article is about the no hitter in baseball and its components. For the Major League Baseball players who have completed this feat, see List of Major League Baseball no hitters. A no hitter (also known as a no hit game and colloquially as a… …   Wikipedia

  • Designated hitter — In baseball, the designated hitter rule is the common name for Major League Baseball Rule 6.10,[1] an official position adopted by the American League in 1973 that allows teams to designate a player, known as the designated hitter (abbreviated… …   Wikipedia

  • Cleanup hitter — In baseball, the cleanup hitter is the hitter who bats fourth in the lineup. Although the third man up is generally the hitter with the highest batting average, cleanup hitters often have the most power on the team and are typically the team s… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.