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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In the fifth, Fuentes doubled to lead things and sprinted over to third base on a wild pitch before racing home on a sacrifice fly by Ledezma. Gary Curreri,, "North Springs Little League Senior Division All-Stars capture state title," 10 July 2018 While Dunand has broken in as a shortstop, many scouts and Marlins management believe Dunand will likely transition to third base where his power hitting, strong arm and defensive skills will flourish. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Being related to a baseball icon is something this Marlins prospect handles like a pro," 9 July 2018 But after the second inning, Pearland East never got another runner to third base. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland East all-stars succumb to Post Oak’s big fifth inning," 9 July 2018 The Phillies could easily accommodate Machado’s desire to play shortstop by moving either Scott Kingery or J.P. Crawford to third base. Scott Lauber,, "Manny Machado isn't the only Orioles player with ties to Phillies officials," 4 July 2018 Jason Heyward raced to third base on a hit-and-run single by Ben Zobrist. Andy Mccullough,, "Jon Lester silences Dodgers bats in Cubs' 4-0 victory," 20 June 2018 After a leadoff double by Bailey Rassol, a sacrifice bunt got her to third base. Dan Shulman,, "Norton softball reaches D2 South semifinals after dramatic walkoff win," 12 June 2018 Topolinski was primarily a catcher before being moved to third base. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Topped by Topolinski: Sophomore Carissa Topolinski's walk-off single powers Warren past Libertyville in sectional," 30 May 2018 After moving back to third base on on March 10 -- with sure-handed senior Will Luft taking over at short -- Donovan has made just three errors in 28 games, batting .330, slugging .514 and driving in 30 runs in that span. Creg Stephenson,, "After huge RPI hit, South Alabama baseball prepares for do-or-die stretch run of season," 3 May 2018

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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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