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

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He was voted in by the fans to start at third base in the 2016 game in San Diego. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "As trade talk swirls around him, Orioles' Manny Machado elected to start All-Star Game," 8 July 2018 In a rehabilitation assignment, Prado played six games at third base for High-A Jupiter. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Pair of Marlins land on disabled list as others eye Washington return," 4 July 2018 Kiner-Falefa made his 23rd start of the season at third base behind Bartolo Colon in a late game at Angel Stadium. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "How drastically will Beltre's return cut into Kiner-Falefa's playing time?," 1 June 2018 The Detroit Tigers’ inexperience was evident on Monday night, from Nicholas Castellanos taking his eye off the baseball underneath a dome to Ronny Rodriguez not playing in close enough at third base against Carlos Gomez. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers mailbag: Will Michael Fulmer really be traded?," 10 July 2018 Bundy, making his first start since landing on the DL after turning his ankle rounding third base during an interleague game in Washington, lasted just 3 1/3 innings for his shortest start in the past nine outings. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles, Bundy done in early in 6-2 loss to Twins, have lost 11 of 12," 6 July 2018 The 23-year-old Puerto Rican is batting .292 with 10 home runs in 73 games with the Reading Fightin Phils and has a .971 fielding percentage in the outfield — well up from his dreadful .835 and .916 marks during his last two campaigns at third base. Ben Pope, Philly.com, "Phillies prospect Jan Hernandez hopes all-star selection puts him 'on the map'," 11 July 2018 The Blue Jays have kept a modest approach toward his progression, keeping him in the Minors to improve his defensive abilities at third base. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Report: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To Be Promoted to Triple A," 10 July 2018 And an invigorated Pablo Sandoval, who drove in five runs Sunday with a three-run homer and a two-run single, injured his left thumb while making a diving stop at third base. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "New-look Giants present different look for Cubs," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of third base

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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