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center field

1. In baseball, the area of the field beyond second base and in the middle of the outfield. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. He hit the ball into center field—and right into the glove of the outfielder.
2. In baseball, the position of a player who occupies and defends the center of the field. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. My goal is to be fast enough to play center field next year.
3. A position between extremes or in line with what is generally accepted or understood. Often used with "left of" or "right of" (usually referring to political ideology) to indicate a more biased position. The president has been accused by both political parties of wanting to stay in center field on the issue of tax reform. Once I heard John's liberal ideas, I knew his beliefs were left of center field.
See also: center, field
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Figgins eventually entered the game in center field in the sixth inning as Tommy Murphy moved over from center to replace Tim Salmon in right.
CENTERING ON ERSTAD: Scioscia a plans on putting Darin Erstad back in center field when he returns from his current rehabilitation assignment.
While Erstad was the designated hitter with the Quakes on Thursday, he will play center field with the Bees.
Rivera is an added option: Juan Rivera has been playing center field the past few days in minor-league games to give the Angels another option at the position.
As the merriment went on, a group of crewmen wheeled an enormous three-dimensional representation of the WBC's baseball-globe logo into shallow center field.
For years, the Dodgers had the national-anthem singer stand in center field, as far as possible from most of the fans.
Trading Finley opens up center field for Chone Figgins, that is, unless the Angels decide to move Darin Erstad from first base to center field and give the first base job to Casey Kotchman.
Kennedy then stole third base and scored when Orlando Cabrera laced a single into center field to tie the score at 1-1.
Following a 7-1 loss to the Marlins in front of 26,211, a game in which rookie left-hander and former Long Beach State star Jason Vargas pitched a six-hitter, more than one Dodger complained about the unusual hitter's background, which consists of a teal blue tarp secured over three sections of seats in center field.
With the bases loaded and two outs in what already had been a catastrophic bottom of the fifth inning, Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay drove what should have been a two-run single over the infield and into left- center field.
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