Designated-hitter meaning

A player designated at the start of a game to bat instead of the pitcher in the lineup.
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(baseball) A player in the regular batting order who does not play a defensive position, but has been designated to bat in place of the pitcher.
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(baseball) A batter who is permitted to substitute for a pitcher in the batting rotation in Major League Baseball's American League.
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(colloquial) A person who is asked to substitute for another in handling a portion of a task for which the other is less capable.
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