left field


Definition of left field

1 : the position of the player defending left field
2 : the part of the baseball outfield to the left looking out from the plate
3a : a state or position far from the mainstream (as of prevailing opinion) they were really out in left field with that idea
b : a source of the unexpected or illogical that question came out of left field

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Other Words from left field

left fielder noun

Examples of left field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the Astros took a 1-0 lead on James Paxton in the top of the first, LeMahieu led off the bottom of the inning with a home run to left field. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — Justin Verlander could win his second Cy Young Award this season after winning 21 games and striking out 300 for the Houston Astros.," 19 Oct. 2019 Gurriel connected on the first pitch — with Altuve breaking for third base — and lined it over the wall in left field as the crowd erupted. James Wagner, New York Times, "Altuve’s Homer Stuns Yankees and Sends Astros to World Series," 19 Oct. 2019 After Goldschmidt was intentionally walked, Wong advanced on Marcell Ozuna's forceout and easily scampered home on Molina's fly to the front of the warning track in left field. Jay Cohen, baltimoresun.com, "Yadier Molina’s walk-off sac fly in 10th lifts Cardinals over Braves, 5-4, forcing deciding Game 5 in NLDS," 8 Oct. 2019 Alonso connected in the first inning against Dallas Keuchel, narrowly clearing the wall in left field for a solo shot that tied Judge’s mark from his breakout season with the New York Yankees in 2017. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rays beat Jays 6-2, back in playoffs for 1st time since 2013," 27 Sep. 2019 Profar shines in left field Jurickson Profar, who normally plays second base, got another chance in left field and made two diving catches that got the attention of both Melvin and Roark. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: A’s get lift from newcomer Sean Murphy, veteran Tanner Roark," 4 Sep. 2019 Ozuna’s blast into the upper deck in left field in the fourth came after Goldschmidt singled, tying the game 2-2. Joe Harris, The Denver Post, "Rockies fall short against Cardinals as bullpen collapses again," 22 Aug. 2019 His right hand slipped off again on a swing in the third, but his left was strong enough to drive the ball to a fan in the first row in left field and put New York ahead 4-2. Jake Seiner, courant.com, "Encarnacion, ex-Rockies help Yankees beat Colorado 8-2," 20 July 2019 Miami was able to respond an inning later, when Harold Ramirez whacked the ball into left field. Christian Simmons, sun-sentinel.com, "Mets get Cano tape-measure shot in eighth to snap tie, sink Marlins," 14 July 2019

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First Known Use of left field

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of left field was in 1857

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14 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Left field.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/left%20field. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of left field

: the part of a baseball outfield that is to the left when you are looking out from home plate also : the position of the player defending left field

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