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

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Naturally, Miller accounted for two of the outs, while sandwiched in between was Orozco hauling in a fly ball to left field. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pinto All-Stars Louisiana bound for World Series after 2 big wins at Region," 7 July 2019 Bregman hit the 95-mph pitch off the Crawford Boxes in left field, inches above the reach of Jarrett Parker. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Andrew Heaney pays tribute to Tyler Skaggs in Angels’ loss to Astros," 6 July 2019 During the ninth inning on Thursday, Ervin sprinted from his spot in left field to the stands, reached over the railing and made a spectacular catch for the first out of the inning. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "In 3 weeks, Cincinnati Reds move from season's tipping point to edge of MLB playoff mix," 5 July 2019 Maikel Franco doubled in the fifth inning for the Phillies' first hit, and Velasquez followed with a homer just inside the left field foul pole. Steven Wine, sun-sentinel.com, "Anderson, Cooper anchor Marlins’ win over Phillies," 29 June 2019 Braun also made a pair of sparkling defensive plays in left field with a sliding catch in the first and a strong throw home to cut down a run in the seventh. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mariners 8, Brewers 3: More struggles for Zach Davies, and against the American League," 25 June 2019 With the count 1-1, Stroman threw one of his signature two-seamers, a pitch in and just off the plate, and Cron managed to get just enough of it to sneak it over the fence in left field. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Kevin Cron’s first career home run sparks Diamondbacks’ win over Blue Jays," 7 June 2019 Carpenter was initially given a two-run homer in the fifth inning after his opposite-field shot that hit the wide pad atop the 14-foot wall in left field, bounced up and came back down into the field of play. Stephen Hawkins, The Seattle Times, "Cardinals get 1st win over Rangers since 2011 World Series," 18 May 2019 Reliever Ty Buttrey served up an 0-and-1 breaking ball to Randal Grichuk, who sliced it into left field for a leadoff hit in the 10th. Maria Torres, latimes.com, "Angels fall to Blue Jays on walk-off home run in 10th," 20 June 2019

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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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