second base


Definition of second base

1 : the base that must be touched second by a base runner in baseball
2 : the player position for defending the area on the first-base side of second base

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Other Words from second base

second baseman noun

Examples of second base in a Sentence

He slid into second base. He used to play second base for the Red Sox.

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With the go-ahead run on second base with two outs, reliever Jorge Lopez stepped in. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 5, Milwaukee Brewers 4 (12 innings)," 12 July 2018 Most notorious was Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers, who came into second base with spikes high, looking to break up double plays. Rich Cohen, WSJ, "New Glory Days for Slides," 22 June 2018 Merrifield was at second base with two outs in the sixth inning of the game at Kauffman Stadium. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Royals' Whit Merrifield stole third base without a pitch being thrown," 4 June 2018 Left fielder David Peralta came to the plate and faced a new Brewers reliever in lefty Boone Logan, but Peralta managed a ground out to second base that moved Dyson to third base with two outs. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks get 'elusive' big hit, snap losing skid with win over Brewers," 15 May 2018 Three times on Saturday night, the Mets got a runner to second base with nothing to show for it. New York Times, "Mets Get a Boost From Matz. Alas, It Doesn’t Matter.," 5 May 2018 After playing second base in the interim, Gordon got turned into a super-utility player. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Healthy and happy, Dee Gordon looks for a bounceback for the Mariners," 18 Feb. 2019 Cory Hahn, a 26th-round pick of the Padres out of Santa Ana Mater Dei in 2010, was paralyzed from the chest down after snapping his neck on a head-first slide into second base in his third game with the Sun Devils. John Maffei,, "Three Pirates pitchers celebrate San Diego homecoming," 28 June 2018 After some more stellar pitching on both sides, and a benches-clearing incident centered around an Eric Sogard slide into second base in the eighth, Aguilar got another chance to play hero in the ninth. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At every turn, Jesús Aguilar is impressing for the Brewers," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of second base

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of second base

baseball : the base that must be touched second by a base runner also : the position of the player who defends the area near second base

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