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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Miller plays second base, shortstop and center field for his travel team. Paul Johnson, Aurora Beacon-News, "JD gets job done: Miller goes 4-for-6 and scores three runs as Oswego outlasts Kaneland in regional," 11 July 2018 With Cano ineligible for postseason play, Gordon will need to play second base in the playoffs as well should the Mariners qualify for the first time since 2001. Curtis Crabtree,, "Robinson Cano apolgizes to fans, Mariners for 80-game suspension," 7 July 2018 With second base occupied to start the bottom of the 11th, per the new rule, 3B Jesus Henriquez’s throwing error on a bunt single allowed the runner to come around to score. Nick Tricome,, "Phillies minor league report: IronPigs cruise past Pawtucket behind Mitch Walding, Collin Cowgill," 17 June 2018 Dipoto has said often that Cano is going to play second base most of the time with Dee Gordon moving back to center and then playing second a few times a week to stay sharp for the postseason. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners Sunday mailbag: Answering the Robinson Cano questions, plus a look at playoff competition," 11 June 2018 According to his Perfect Game profile, the switch-hitting McLain can also play second base, catcher and the outfield. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks value athleticism, select three hitters on 1st day of MLB draft," 4 June 2018 Walker, playing second base, made his first start since May 6. Mark Rosner, Indianapolis Star, "Pauly Milto dices up Texas Southern hitters as IU baseball staves off elimination," 2 June 2018 While Sisco's average pop time of 2.08 seconds to second base is slowest among catchers with at least 10 attempts there, according to MLB Statcast data from, he's been able to keep control of base runners for the most part. Jon Meoli,, "Outside of spotlight, Orioles enjoying growth of rookie catcher Chance Sisco," 24 May 2018 The Cardinals are mostly set across the infield with Jose Martinez, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong, but second base has been an issue. Michael Beller,, "Mallex Smith a Silver Lining in Tampa, Top Waiver Target," 21 Apr. 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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