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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Ryan Rua: Given the starting job in left field for a second time, Rua lasted until mid-April. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "In a development season for Rangers, how is the development going?," 2 July 2018 Next time up leading off the sixth, Stanton got his revenge, launching a curveball from Fiers deep into the left field seats, 456 feet away. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Giancarlo Stanton gets revenge for plunking with mammoth homer," 4 June 2018 With Brantley healthy and hitting .324 (.880 OPS) in left field and Naquin performing in right field, there was no need to rush Cabrera. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Indians: Tyler Naquin's rise, worries elsewhere -- Terry Pluto," 13 May 2018 Alabama third baseman Cobie Vance also hit a deep home run over the left field bleachers and out of Alex Box Stadium. Brody Miller, NOLA.com, "No rally this time as Alabama handles LSU baseball from start to finish," 12 May 2018 And while playing with the Miami Marlins’ major league team in March, Dunand hit one against the Yankees that would have easily cleared the left field wall at Yankee Stadium — the same place his uncle finished his legendary career. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Being related to a baseball icon is something this Marlins prospect handles like a pro," 9 July 2018 This time, the senior came through — narrowly missing a game-tying grand slam by inches — as his bases-clearing RBI-triple banged off the left field wall. Karl Capen, BostonGlobe.com, "Senior duo leads North Attleborough to first D2 title," 22 June 2018 Luke Bonfield, the first batter up following Kjerstad and McKenzie’s run-in at first, battered a misplaced Kingham pitch over the left field wall for a two-run homer. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Arkansas takes down Texas with big inning," 17 June 2018 Matt Duffy, the Rays’ third baseman, hit the first pitch of the game, a fastball from Domingo German, over the left field wall, then Wilson Ramos singled in a run in the third. David Waldstein, New York Times, "The Yankees Are in First Place. Or Second Place. Either Way, They Beat the Rays.," 14 June 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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