third base

noun

Definition of third base

1 : the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball
2 : the player position for defending the area around third base

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Other Words from third base

third baseman noun

Examples of third base in a Sentence

a runner on third base
Recent Examples on the Web With no room in the outfield, that leaves Dominic Smith splitting time with Pete Alonso at first base and J.D. Davis getting the majority of his reps at third base. Deesha Thosar, courant.com, "Mets, Blue Jays remain in hunt for George Springer, according to sources," 30 Dec. 2020 Nico Hoerner, the Cubs’ first pick in the 2018 draft, started two games and played 40 innings at third base last season despite spending the majority of his playing time at second base. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Today’s Chicago Cubs are still utilizing Joe Maddon’s methods. In a time of turnover, they continue to embrace positionless baseball.," 20 Dec. 2020 Max Muncy, Edwin Riós and Chris Taylor are at the top of the list to log innings at third base. Los Angeles Times, "Dave Roberts discusses the future of Justin Turner, David Price and the Dodgers," 17 Dec. 2020 Alberto, Sánchez and Valaika are arbitration-eligible, while Ruiz posted a .628 OPS after Aug. 15 as his defense at third base also suffered. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles’ 40-man roster full of youth, flexibility and Mike Elias’ additions," 28 Nov. 2020 Turner, who went 0 for 3, was replaced by Edwin Rios at third base at the beginning of the eighth inning, when the Dodgers were leading by 2-1. James Wagner, Star Tribune, "Dodgers star Justin Turner benched during Game 6 after positive COVID-19 test," 28 Oct. 2020 Or Isaac Paredes could move to that position, freeing up Jeimer Candelario at third base. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers probably won't spend big this offseason. Here's what they need to do," 27 Oct. 2020 Candelario has 258 games at third base and 64 at first base in his five-year MLB career. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers in winter leagues: Sergio Alcantara stands out, Daz Cameron finds new team," 15 Dec. 2020 Moving Kiner-Falefa to short also clears room for 2019 first-rounder Josh Jung at third base sometime in 2021. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Rangers’ roadmap to success in 2021 includes drafting deftly, a middle infield mandate and more," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of third base

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of third base was in 1845

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15 Jan 2021

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“Third base.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/third%20base. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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third base

noun

English Language Learners Definition of third base

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

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