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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Portable toilets take up the right field of a baseball field and showers, with plywood offering a modicum of privacy for women, are in center field. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "As Conditions Worsen, Some Caravan Migrants Seek to Go Back Home," 28 Nov. 2018 The artwork, which has been located beyond the center field fence, will be replaced by a tiered standing room-only area for spectators. Steven Wine, The Seattle Times, "Win for Jeter: Marlins’ home run sculpture will be moved," 16 Oct. 2018 The Princeton commit played in positions of leadership on the field, often serving as the captain of the infield at shortstop or the outfield at center field. Andrew Turner,, "Daily Pilot Softball Dream Team: Unexpected year from Kelli Kufta kept Huntington Beach strong," 8 July 2018 Fellow southpaw Luke Zimmerman threw only seven pitches in relief of Mathes, who also plays center field, to close the semifinal win. Rick O'brien,, "Marple Newtown, Bensalem to play for state baseball titles," 13 June 2018 Anderson drove in the tying run in the seventh inning with a double and scored on J.T. Realmuto’s two–run homer to center field, both off former Marlin Sam Dyson. Craig Davis,, "Homers by Anderson, Realmuto lead Marlins past Giants," 12 June 2018 Valliere has freshmen at second base, in right field, center field and catching. Lori Riley,, "High School Softball: Freshman Pitcher Leads Windham To State Tournament Berth," 11 May 2018 That includes center field, even with Fowler’s arrival. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "A’s Mark Canha impresses at the center of change," 10 May 2018 Plays center field, crushes the ball, has a cool beard. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Who is the second best player in Major League Baseball?," 26 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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