third base


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

Examples of third base in a Sentence

a runner on third base
Recent Examples on the Web New this year is an Arizona Craft Beer Corner on the third base side that will feature flights composed of four, 4-ounce beers from local breweries. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 19 Feb. 2024 Roving between his natural third base and two other infield positions for the first time, Schmitt’s calling card — his defense — also slipped, committing eight errors in 96 games. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 17 Feb. 2024 In Ohtani’s rookie 2018 MLB season with the Angels, Ebel was in his final season as the third base coach in Anaheim. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Toronto Blue Jays The Blue Jays have a handful of internal options at third base, but none as good as the player who left them behind. Daniel R. Epstein, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Mark Reynolds Power-hitter Mark Reynolds played third base and first base for the Orioles in 2011 and 2012. Paul McCardell, Baltimore Sun, 14 Feb. 2024 The Tigers sent Jung to the Arizona Fall League to transition from second base to third base. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 27 Jan. 2024 Jared Sprague-Lott had a big debut as a Razorback, hitting a tying home run to open the second inning, adding an RBI single in the third and playing flawless defense at third base, including a sharp over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory to end the fifth inning. Tom Murphy,, 17 Feb. 2024 Signing Chapman would bolster the lineup and reduce the playing-time burdens on LeMahieu and Rizzo. San Francisco Giants The Giants love mixing and matching veterans in the lineup and that appears to be the plan at third base. Daniel R. Epstein, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Third base.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

third base

: the base that must be touched third by a base runner in baseball or the position of the player defending the area around it
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