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pickoff (plural pickoffs)
- (baseball) A play in which a pitcher throws a live ball to a fielder so that the fielder can tag out a baserunner who has moved away from the base
2007 April 6, Tyler Kepner, “Pettitte’s Return Lost Amid Sloppy Play”, in New York Times:
- Zobrist broke for third during Pettitte’s pickoff move, stealing the base when Pettitte threw behind the runner.