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 late 1990s, Red Sox third base coach Wendell Kim was helpful. Stan Grossfeld,, "This guy has 757 Red Sox bats, and each one tells a story," 5 July 2018 But Iglesias got a good jump, runs well, and third base coach Dave Clark sent him home. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers are where Chicago Cubs were five years ago," 4 July 2018 But at the time, the Yankees had no other options at third base. New York Times, "Miguel Andujar Gives Yankees a Boost Against the Red Sox. And in the Trade Market?," 30 June 2018 Votto briefly charged at Torres, but third base coach Billy Hatcher got between them. John Fay,, "Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto says he went too far, deserved ejection by umpire Carlos Torres," 27 June 2018 Seeing that Rays third base coach Matt Quatraro decided to wave Field, who was running on contact with two outs, to try and score. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "A scramble, a bobble and the throw: the inside story of Mitch Haniger’s game-saving laser," 10 June 2018 After the game, the broadcast showed the Pirates’ David Freese and third base coach Joey Cora needing to be separated after an argument in the dugout. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Heated argument sparked in Pirates dugout after Anthony Rizzo's controversial slide," 28 May 2018 With the tying and winning runs on second and third base, Dodgers' pitcher Lucas Matthews struck out the final two batters to secure the title. Emmett Hall,, "Plantation Little League Rays shine in Major Division finale; Minor Division showdown a slugfest," 7 July 2018 When the Knights had runners on second and third base in the seventh inning with one out, Pierce was terrified. Mike Hutton,, "'The kid can play': Freshman catcher Ryan Pierce stays poised for state-bound Boone Grove," 15 June 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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