smallball

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

small +‎ ball

Noun[edit]

smallball (uncountable)

  1. (baseball) A style of play that scores a large number of runs, one base at a time.
    • 2009 June 26, Mark Zwolinski, “Blue Jays rally gets wasted”, in Toronto Star[1]:
      There was no heroic ending — Toronto's Joey Votto coming up a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, and some brilliantly executed smallball saw to that — as the visitors claimed victory to avoid being swept in the three-game series.
  2. (figuratively) Any strategy that involves proceeding by small increments.

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