Definition of left field in English:

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left field


1 Baseball The part of the outfield to the left of center field from the perspective of home plate: a high fly to left field
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  • For a long time, Womack has had a tendency to hit fly balls to left field for easy outs.
  • Bryce had hit a fly ball to left field and Benji was running home and Bryce running to second.
  • In the top of the third inning with two outs, the Padres' Gene Richards lofted a fly ball to left field.
1.1The position of the defensive player stationed in left field: I played left field a lot against him
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  • He was an atrocious defensive player in left field, but in his four seasons with the Cubs, he hit for a .286 batting average.
  • Because of the configuration of PNC Park, he believes left field is the toughest defensive position in the outfield.
  • The team's well-publicized troubles at Pacific Bell Park might have been even worse were it not for great defense from Bonds in left field.
2North American informal A surprising or unconventional position or style: seldom do so many witty touches come out of left field
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  • And this is an unthinkable, unspeakable tragedy that, in my opinion, came out of left field.
  • And that sort of just came out of left field and really blew me away.
  • But I got such a terrible shock because it just came out of left field.
2.1A position of ignorance, error, or confusion: he’s so far out in left field that even his followers are embarrassed
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  • This is but one more example of the consensus view being way out in left field.
  • When the Congressmen would start asking him questions behind that, he was just completely out in left field.
  • It's nice to know I'm not out in left field in my thoughts and at the same time incredibly disturbing to see my thoughts reflected by another voice.


left fielder

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  • If he improves his patience, he should be considered one of the top left fielders in the game.
  • Bochy says he did it to assist the left fielders, who occasionally were blinded by the tricky stadium lighting.
  • Long has moved to left, where he's more comfortable, and he has far more speed and a better arm than most left fielders.

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