third base


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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Bryant, who has played with a sore right knee for the last two months, will bat third and play third base. Mark Gonzales,, "Kris Bryant returns to the lineup, but Javier Baez is a late scratch as the Cubs face the Brewers," 4 Sep. 2019 Monday night, for example, the top of the lineup featured Trevor Story at shortstop, Blackmon in right field, Nolan Arenado at third base and Daniel Murphy at first base. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Reeling Rockies’ September mission: Win, get a long look at prospects," 2 Sep. 2019 The ball rolled down into the left-field corner and left fielder Josh VanMeter bobbled it with his glove as Ahmed raced into third base. Bobby Nightengale,, "Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati Reds make MLB history in 1-0 loss to Arizona Diamondbacks," 15 Sep. 2019 It’s hard to envision them being in this situation without LeMahieu, who moved to third base full-time when standout third baseman Miguel Andujar was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Brother Rice's D.J. LeMahieu bet on himself by joining the New York Yankees — and won," 12 Sep. 2019 Arcia was curiously subbed out of the game when the Brewers faced the Cubs at Miller Park in the third inning, with Hernan Perez moving from third base to shortstop and Mike Moustakas checking into the game at third. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Orlando Arcia leaves Sunday's game, then rushes to hospital in time to see birth of twin daughters," 8 Sep. 2019 Verlander stranded the go-ahead run at third base with the ground ball, finishing a spectacular seven-inning outing with the score still tied. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Verlander steers Astros past Mariners," 8 Sep. 2019 Drafted 36th overall in 2015 as a shortstop, Mountcastle played exclusively third base last season before moving across the diamond to first base this season while also getting time in left field. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Orioles prospects Austin Hays, Ryan Mountcastle won’t be among September call-ups," 2 Sep. 2019 His pregame preparation was too casual and his defense at third base inconsistent. Peter Abraham,, "Rafael Devers has been a breath of fresh air in a tough Red Sox season," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of third base

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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