first base


Definition of first base

1 : the base that must be touched first by a base runner in baseball
2 : the player position for defending the area around first base
3 : the first step or stage in a course of action plans never got to first base

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Other Words from first base

first baseman \ -​ˈbā-​smən How to pronounce first baseman (audio) \ noun

Examples of first base in a Sentence

a runner on first base She hit a ground ball to first base. He used to be a catcher, but now he plays first base.
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Recent Examples on the Web Injuries slowed Banks and forced him to move to first base. Washington Post, "Sometimes great players get stuck on not-great teams," 6 Feb. 2020 Castellanos will be adequate -- at best -- at first base and a defensive replacement would be nice to have late in some games. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Why the Texas Rangers should try to sign both Nicholas Castellanos and Todd Frazier," 9 Jan. 2020 Now he’ll be sandwiched between rookie manager Gabe Kapler and first base coach Ron Wotus, a Giants lifer. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's most important moves off the field: 14 hires reshaping the league's brainpower balance," 12 Dec. 2019 The Cubs finalized their 2020 coaching staff Monday by appointing Kyle Evans as senior director of major-league data and development and shifting Will Venable from first base coach to third base coach. Mark Gonzales,, "David Ross’ 1st Cubs coaching staff is complete after addition of Kyle Evans," 9 Dec. 2019 González fills one of the three openings created on the Orioles’ coaching staff after first base coach Arnie Beyeler, assistant hitting coach Howie Clark and bullpen coach John Wasdin weren’t retained after the 2019 season. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles adding former Marlins, Braves manager Fredi González to Brandon Hyde’s staff as major league coach," 5 Dec. 2019 Cubs first base coach Will Venable, who grew up in Marin County and whose dad, Max, was a San Francisco outfielder for five seasons, interviewed for the Giants’ managerial opening Friday, a major-league source told The Chronicle. John Shea,, "Giants continue first-round managerial interviews, including Marin’s Will Venable," 21 Oct. 2019 Skip Schumaker, the San Diego Padres' first base coach, is the third former Cincinnati Reds player to interview for the New York Mets' managerial vacancy, according to multiple reports. Dave Clark,, "Skip Schumaker is third former Reds player to interview for Mets' managerial vacancy," 18 Oct. 2019 Langston, an Angels starter from 1990 to 1997, saw it decades ago when Maddon reached the major leagues as a first base coach in 1994. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Former Angels remember Joe Maddon as being adept at getting most out of players," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of first base

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Feb 2020

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“First base.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of first base

baseball : the base that must be touched first by a base runner also : the position of the player who defends the area around first base

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