center field

noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Hernández ran into the center field wall in the bottom of the seventh Thursday vs. the Rangers. BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox’ Christian Arroyo looking comfortable at second base," 1 May 2021 Tyler Naquin, batting leadoff because Jesse Winker was out of the lineup, crushed a leadoff double to the center field wall. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Tempers flare in Reds' loss to Cubs, Luis Castillo still looking to return to form," 1 May 2021 The ball was just shy inches short of the center field wall, and Florida quickly got the next two outs. Giana Han, al, "Auburn baseball drops 14th SEC game with loss to Florida," 24 Apr. 2021 Sean Murphy then pulled a fastball over the left-center field fence to tie it. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' weekend from hell in Oakland ends with bad-luck loss in sweep," 19 Apr. 2021 Muncy followed seventh-inning walks to Matt Beaty and Turner by blasting a 2-and-0 changeup from reliever Yency Almonte into the right-center field fence for at two-out homer, turning a 5-3 deficit into a 6-5 Dodgers lead. Los Angeles Times, "Justin Turner and Max Muncy power Dodgers to sweeping win over Rockies," 16 Apr. 2021 The Ravens have tried hard to find a safety who can play center field. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston: Ravens need to add safety to their draft wish list | COMMENTARY," 6 Apr. 2021 Look at the photo of a young Willie Mays playing stickball with kids in a Harlem street just before heading off to his job — playing center field for the New York Giants. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Which Giants or A's player will be 2021's Mr. Excitement? The envelope, please ...," 27 Mar. 2021 Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo insisted those comments didn't lead to the trade, just that Ankiel was going to win the center field job. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ten years ago, the Milwaukee Brewers acquired the unforgettable Nyjer Morgan," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of center field

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of center field was in 1835

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6 May 2021

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“Center field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/center%20field. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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center field

noun

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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