What Is a Clutch Hitter?

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In baseball, a clutch hitter is someone who hits well under pressure, meaning that he can deliver hits late in ballgames with runners in scoring position. Learn about the importance of confidence and practice in clutch hitting with help from a professional baseball instructor in this free video on clutch hitters.

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The question is asked, what is a clutch hitter? The clutch hitter is a term and not a person in the batting order. A designated hitter, an extra hitter in a youth batting order is a position, if you will. A clutch hitter is a term describing how a batter hits. A clutch hitter is probably one of the best hitters, if not the best hitter on the team. A clutch hitter is a person that hits under great pressure, with two outs and the winning run on second base, he can deliver the base hit. Or he can put the ball in play and get on base to start an inning. Or the guy there with two outs and two strikes can put, still manage to get the bat or the bat on the ball and make something happen. A clutch hitter has a great deal of confidence in his swing, has a good fundamental swing and is very prepared. He's done a lot of rips, he's done a lot of practice in the batting cage. And when the game time comes along, that confidence breeds the success. That way he can hit the ball in the clutch, when the pressure's on and the game is on the line. And that is what a clutch hitter is.


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