center field

noun

1
: the position of the player for defending center field
2
: the part of the baseball outfield between right and left 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 However, in his extensive big league career, Turner has played third base, shortstop, second base, first base, left field, and center field. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Buxton did not play a single major league game in center field last season because of a knee issue that has disrupted multiple seasons. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, 27 Jan. 2024 Seven chutes, holding pens and the announcers’ platform, were in short center field. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2024 Will the Twins make an external addition for center field? Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, 3 Jan. 2024 Shohei Ohtani, 29, will be introduced in the center field plaza of Dodger Stadium. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023 What did the great Kevin Towers tell me about Petco’s center field? Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2023 With a runner on first and no outs, Anthony Santander hammered a pitch to center field. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2023 Substantial questions about the pitching rotation and pieces that include center field and a dependably big bat at first base linger. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of center field was in 1859

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“Center field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/center%20field. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

center field

noun
1
: the part of the baseball outfield between right field and left field
2
: the position of the player defending center field
center fielder noun
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