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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left fielder noun

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But Andrew Benintendi made a diving catch in left field to end the game. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Jackie Bradley Jr. Lifts the Red Sox to the Brink of a Pennant," 18 Oct. 2018 Semien crushed it into the left field corner, a game-tying double to officially end Giles' outing. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Bizarre ending secures Astros' extra-innings victory over A's," 11 July 2018 Javier Baez was picked off first base but Hicks’ throw to get him at second base ricocheted off Niko Goodrum’s glove and into left field. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers squander another game vs. Chicago Cubs, lose 5-2," 4 July 2018 Brewers 2, Twins 0 Also notable was the return of Christian Yelich, who played the ninth in left field as a defensive substitute. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eric Thames, strong pitching effort shut out Twins, 2-0," 3 July 2018 Then Tom Schultz singled and scored on a triple into the left field corner by Matt Lelito, followed by a run-scoring double by Charlie Jones. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Silver Creek baseball falls to Adrean in the class 3A championship," 16 June 2018 Stewart, the Orioles’ 2015 first-round draft pick, is splitting time between left field and right field this year. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles minor league report: DJ Stewart finding his form at Norfolk," 26 May 2018 Fellow rookie Ryan Meisinger entered two batters later and yielded a three-run homer that Brian Dozier sent into the first row of the second deck in left field. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles seal third winless road trip of season with 10-1 loss to Twins," 8 July 2018 Christian Yelich made his first appearance in five games on Tuesday afternoon, subbing in on defense in left field in the ninth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers' 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Miller Park on Tuesday afternoon. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christian Yelich returned to action on Tuesday, and Lorenzo Cain isn't far behind," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of left field

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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