warning track


: a usually dirt or cinder strip around the outside edge of a baseball outfield to warn a fielder when running to make a catch that the fence is near

called also warning path

Examples of warning track in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Matt Vierling singled to center, Riley Greene got on by a fielder’s choice and Javier Baez crushed a ball to the center field warning track for an out. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, 6 Mar. 2023 Tony Kemp, the left fielder, made a sliding catch on the center field warning track to take away a potential RBI hit by Willy Adames in the fourth. Mark Didtler, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Apr. 2021 The Reds’ defense struggled during this series, but center fielder Stuart Fairchild saved two runs in the fifth inning with a running catch in front of the warning track, his outstretched glove snagging a line drive from Ke’Bryan Hayes. Cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, 28 Sep. 2022 The slugger, who had a ninth-inning homer in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Rays, flied out to the edge of the warning track in center with two on to end the eighth. Mark Didtler, Hartford Courant, 4 Sep. 2022 With two out, the Rockies’ Randal Grichuk hit a ball to right-center field that fell just in front of the warning track, dropping between center fielder Alek Thomas and right fielder Jordan Luplow. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 2 July 2022 Robertson fanned both Devers and J.D. Martinez looking with cutters at the knees, and after Bogaerts worked a seven-pitch walk, Alex Verdugo’s drive deep to center was corralled in front of the warning track. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2022 Willi Castro flied out to the back of the warning track in left field for the third out. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2022 Taylor didn't get a good read on it at first but quickly adjusted and hauled in on a dead sprint just shy of the warning track, completing the play with a snow-cone catch. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of warning track was in 1966

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“Warning track.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warning%20track. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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