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Meaning of designated hitter

des'ignated hit'ter

Pronunciation: [key]
— Baseball. Baseball.
  1. a hitter selectedprior to the start of the game to bat for the starting pitcher and all subsequent pitchers without otherwise affecting the status of the pitchers in the game. Abbr.: DH, dh
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