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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The mammoth homer from Arenado last night traveled 482 feet and bounced deep on the concourse behind the left field bleachers at Coors Field. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Denver Sports Omelette: Nolan Arenado’s longest homer of career traveled 482 feet," 11 Sep. 2019 Roberts made a similar decision by intentionally walking Brandon Belt, and Dubon promptly pulled a two-run single into left field, which didn’t sit well with many in the crowd of 53,317. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants rookies Dubon, Yastrzemski dismantle Dodgers; Kershaw takes loss," 6 Sep. 2019 Vogt hit a deep fly that curled just outside the left field foul pole, then came up short when Chad Pinder made a leaping grab at the fence. Washington Post, "Giants rally behind Longoria to edge Athletics 5-4," 25 Aug. 2019 The fourth and final hit off Boyd was another home run — a Schoop liner at 114.9 miles per hour that stayed just within the left field foul pole for a two-run blast in the sixth inning. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins take finale from Tigers in 7-4 win," 25 Aug. 2019 Álvarez hit fifth in the lineup and served as designated hitter, although Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Álvarez (6-5, 225) also will play some left field as the season grinds on. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Yordan Álvarez homers in MLB debut to lift Astros over Orioles," 9 June 2019 Chen threw 7 1/3 shutout innings before Washington second baseman Wilmer Difo hit an 84.8 mph slider that ran over the heart of the plate off the left field foul pole to tie the game at 1 with one out in the eighth inning. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Miami Marlins can’t capitalize on Wei-Yin Chen’s best start in nearly three years | Miami Herald," 26 May 2018 The outfielder was hit in the temple while diving for Yankees first baseman Mike Ford's fly ball in left field in the fourth inning. Jenna West, SI.com, "Orioles' DJ Stewart Exits Game After Getting Hit in the Head Following Missed Catch," 6 Aug. 2019 Martinez then pulled a low cutter into the seats in left field for his 24th home run. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "First-inning slam too much for Red Sox offense in fifth straight loss," 3 Aug. 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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