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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Three batters later, Travis Shaw launched a Zack Greinke change-up to straightaway center field for a two-run homer, putting the Brewers ahead 2-1. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks’ spiral continues in loss to Brewers," 21 May 2018 Sanchez sent it to straightaway center field and admired his work, a slow walk up the first base line signaling the end of this game. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Ken Giles, Astros’ offense squander Justin Verlander’s gem in loss to Yankees," 2 May 2018 The 425-foot blast to straightaway center field in the eighth came on the 11th pitch of a battle with Maurer. Maria Torres, kansascity, "With Shohei Ohtani in town, Royals' altered lineup proves useless in loss to Angels | The Kansas City Star," 12 Apr. 2018 Wil Myers followed with a shot to deep center field. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Shelby Miller much better this time out, but Diamondbacks still fall to the Padres," 5 July 2018 In the sixth, Leonys Martin tracked Stephen Piscotty’s fly-ball to deep center field, making a catch and bumping into the wall. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers befuddled by Oakland Athletics 3-0 in 8th straight loss," 27 June 2018 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

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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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