Definition of center field in US English:

center field

(also centerfield)


  • 1The central part of the outfield, behind second base.

    ‘a single to center field’
    • ‘Just as my brother and I were settling into our seats, Jays' centerfielder Wells gave the crowd a rare reason to cheer a visiting player when he robbed Alex Rodriguez of a home run to deep centerfield.’
    • ‘Posada's throw nearly went over Jeter's head into centerfield, but the shortstop hauled it down and put the tag on Ortiz and second-base ump Randy Marsh bought it.’
    • ‘Probably the most oft repeated phrase on Yankees' broadcasts is ‘ground ball up the middle, through to centerfield for a base hit.’’
    • ‘Melvin Mora followed by scorching a Johnson pitch to deep centerfield for an RBI double, and things look they might come apart at the seams with Miguel Tejada looming next.’
    • ‘Gary Sheffield drove in Derek Jeter with a short sacrifice fly to centerfield, the Yankee shortstop brazenly testing Lew Ford's arm.’
    1. 1.1 The position of an outfielder in center field.
      ‘Amaro played some center field when Dykstra went on the disabled list’
      • ‘The Reds have had MVP winners at all defensive positions except center field and third base.’
      • ‘He's used in many ways by coordinator Jim Johnson and can play center field, move up in the box or blitz from anywhere.’
      • ‘Kenny Lofton departed via free agency, leaving center field and the leadoff spot to Corey Patterson.’
      • ‘Little did I know in later years, he would play center field when I pitched!’
      • ‘Miles is expected to play often anyway because Jackson will play center field when Preston Wilson takes a day off.’