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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Jose Altuve curled a two-out double inside the left field line in the first. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rough up White Sox again to reach 60 wins," 8 July 2018 With one down, Orf lined a 2-2 curveball down the left field line and out for his first hit in eight at-bats in the majors. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 3, Twins 2: Three-game sweep finally allows Brewers to climb 16 games over .500," 4 July 2018 Jason Heyward pushed a change-up down the left field line. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers might be wise to trade Michael Fulmer. Here's why," 3 July 2018 In the top of the third inning, Keon Broxton reached on an infield single and Jesus Aguilar followed by drilling a two-run homer down the left field line. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Eric Thames homers again, Cincinnati Reds drop series opener to Milwaukee Brewers," 28 June 2018 Hunter Renfroe got ahead 3-0, took two strikes, fouled off the 27th pitch of the inning straight back and hit the 28th pitch down the left field line for a double that scored Myers. Rangers manager Jeff Banister came out and got Diekman. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Margot's crucial out; Ross better than before; Texas ties," 27 June 2018 Hughes continued his strong day and LSU's late rally with a 2-RBI double down the left field line to take an 8-5 lead. Brody Miller, NOLA.com, "Breaking down LSU's 9th inning rally against Northwestern State to keep season alive," 3 June 2018 The new dimensions will be 333 feet down the left field line (honoring former coach Jim Brock, No. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Spencer Torkelson needs two homers in final weekend to tie ASU home run record," 23 May 2018 Deja Westbrook slugged a ground rule double down the left field line to put the Apaches on the scoreboard. Steve Goldstein, latimes.com, "Hernandez, Crescenta Valley softball claim outright Pacific League crown," 10 May 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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