banjo hitter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the twanging sound of the batter's swing like that of a banjo.

Noun[edit]

banjo hitter (plural banjo hitters)

  1. In baseball, a batter who lacks power, usually hits bloop singles, and would have a low slugging percentage.
    • 2005, USA Today, 15 June 2005
      Aluminum bats, which had replaced wood in the college game in 1974, were so potent they made Babe Ruths out of banjo hitters.