center field


Definition of center field 

1 : the position of the player for defending center field

2 : the part of the baseball outfield between right and left field

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Other Words from center field

center fielder noun

Examples of center field in a Sentence

a fly ball to center field She used to be a shortstop but now she plays center field.

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Shin-Soo Choo, who extended his on-base streak to 38 games with three hits, singled to shallow right-center field but Chirinos was thrown out easily trying to score from second. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers snap out of scoring rut with five-run sixth against Padres," 25 June 2018 Betts, who played center field for just the fifth game all season, was elected to the All-Star Game for the third straight year. Jimmy Golen,, "J.D. Martinez homers again as Red Sox blank Rangers 5-0," 9 July 2018 Duggar was in the starting lineup leading off and playing center field. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Younger, cheaper, better: Giants pull off trade with Rangers that helps now - and in future," 8 July 2018 Stowers was a senior who played center field for the Caravan, while Thomas was a freshman who handled left field. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Mount Carmel's Josh Stowers and Alek Thomas taken nine picks apart in second round of MLB draft," 6 June 2018 Springer struck out as a pinch hitter with two on to end the seventh and stayed in the game to play center field., "Severino Overpowers Astros With 11 Ks As Yankees Win, 5-3," 30 May 2018 Marrero is also more athletic than most catchers, stealing 13 bases in 17 attempts and playing some center field. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "Major League Baseball expected to draft many young players from South Florida | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 Getting the job done this time was junior and No. 9 Colby Buckheit, who drilled a two-RBI double to deep center field. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Reservoir baseball falls, 4-1, to Chesapeake in 3A East region final," 22 May 2018 The Royals have much bigger problems, perhaps best highlighted by the fact that when compared to the rest of the roster their outfield is both the most crowded and still has room for Orlando to play more center field than anyone else so far. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Moose and the Royals' rare pace, Chiefs' draft, and one more Bud Lathrop story | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of center field

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of center field

: the part of the baseball outfield between right field and left field; also : the position of the player defending center field

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