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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CF Lorenzo Cain jammed his thumb attempted to steal second base in the fifth. Joe Totoraitis, The Seattle Times, "Cards’ Goldschmidt hits 3 HRs, walked intentionally in 9th," 30 Mar. 2019 O'Connor put a run on the board in the top of the second inning when Zak Elms stole second base and advanced to third when Pinnacle's attempt to throw Elms out ended up in center field. Jorge Ramos, azcentral, "Pinnacle baseball rolls through Sandra Day O'Connor," 6 Apr. 2018 Pat Hoberg, who was at second base to start the game, called balls and strikes after Knight left the game. Joe Reedy, The Seattle Times, "Ex-Dodger Grandal leads Brewers to 8-5 win over Los Angeles," 13 Apr. 2019 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

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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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