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Encyclopedia > Left fielder
The position of the left fielder
The position of the left fielder

A left fielder (LF), is an outfielder in the sport of baseball who plays defense in left field. Left field is the area of the outfield to the left of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher's mound. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the left fielder is assigned the number 7. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Leftfield may refer to more than one thing: The British electronica duo Leftfield A baseball position known as the left fielder. ... Image File history File links Baseball_LF.svg‎ File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Baseball_LF.svg‎ File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... This article is about the sport. ... Home plate is the final base in baseball and related games that a player must touch to score. ... The pitcher moves forward off the rubber as the pitch is released. ...

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Position description

Outfielders must cover large distances, so speed, instincts, and quickness in reacting to the ball are key. They must be able to catch fly balls above their head and on the run. They must be able to throw the ball accurately over a long distance to be effective; they must also learn to judge whether to attempt a difficult catch and risk letting the ball get past them, or to instead allow the ball to fall in order to guarantee a swift play and prevent the advance of runners. Left fielders mustss also familiarize themselves with the varying configurations of different ballparks' foul territory, and prevent balls hit down the foul lines from getting past them into the left field corner. Amateur players may find it difficult to concentrate on the game, since they are so far from the action. Emphasizing the correct position will give outfield players something to concentrate on at each pitch. Hits to left field tend to curve toward the left field foul line, and left fielders must learn to adjust to that. Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ...


Of all outfielders, the left fielder often will have the weakest arm, as they generally do not need to throw the ball as far to prevent the advance of any baserunners. The left fielder still requires good fielding and catching skills, and tends to receive more balls than the right fielder because right-handed hitters tend to "pull" the ball into left field. The left fielder also backs up third base on pick-off attempts from the catcher or pitcher, when possible. Also if a runner is stealing third base the left fielder must back up the throw from the catcher. A person who is right-handed is more dextrous with their right hand than with their left hand: they will write with their right hand, and probably also use this hand for tasks such as personal care, cooking, and so on. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Notable left fielders

Hereere is the a is a list of renowned left fielders who were inducted into the Hall of Fame (*), and/or were winners of the Gold Glove Award (GG). Players active as of 2007 are in bold type. 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

     

Other popular left fielders (currently active players in bold type) include: Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) is currently a left fielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. ... Louis Clark Lou Brock (born June 18, 1939, El Dorado, Arkansas) is an American former player in Major League Baseball. ... External links Baseball-Reference. ... Fred Clarke of the Pittsburgh Pirates at the West Side Grounds in 1903. ... Edward James Delahanty (1867-1903) Edward James Delahanty (October 30, 1867 - July 2, 1903) was a Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player from 1888 to 1903. ... Leon Allen Goslin (October 16, 1900 – May 15, 1971), better known as Goose Goslin, was a left fielder in Major League Baseball known for his powerful left-handed swing and dependable clutch hitting. ... Charles James Chick Hafey (February 12, 1903 - July 2, 1973) was an American player in Major League Baseball. ... Rickey Henley Henderson (born December 25, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who is baseballs all-time leader in stolen bases[1] and runs scored. ... Montford Merrill Monte Irvin (born February 25, 1919 in Columbia, Alabama) is a former outfielder and right-handed batter in the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball who played with the Newark Eagles (1938-42, 46-48), New York Giants (1949-55) and Chicago Cubs (1956). ... Joe Kelley baseball card, 1909 Joseph James Kelley (December 9, 1871 – August 14, 1943) was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who starred in the outfield of the powerful Baltimore Oriole teams of the 1890s. ... Ralph McPherran Kiner (born October 27, 1922) is an American former Major League Baseball player and current announcer. ... Henry Emmett Manush (July 20, 1901 - May 12, 1971) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Joseph Michael Medwick (November 24, 1911 - March 21, 1975), nicknamed Ducky, was an American player in Major League Baseball. ... Minnie Miñoso [me-NYO-so] (born November 29, 1922 in Havana [or Matanzas ?], Cuba), born Saturnino Orestes Armas Miñoso Arrieta, is a former star left fielder in Major League Baseball. ... Stan Musials number 6 was retired by the St. ... James Henry ORourke (September 1, 1850 - January 8, 1919), nicknamed Orator Jim, was an American professional baseball player in the National Association and Major League Baseball who played primarily as a left fielder. ... Aloysius Harry Simmons (May 22, 1902 - May 26, 1956), born Aloysius SzymaÅ„ski in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was an American player in Major League Baseball over three decades. ... Wilver Dornell Willie Stargell (March 6, 1940 – April 9, 2001), nicknamed Pops in the later years of his career, was a professional baseball player who played his entire Major League career (1962-1982) with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an outfielder and first baseman. ... Joseph Oden Rudi (born September 7, 1946 in Modesto, California) is a former left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Kansas City & Oakland Athletics (1967-76, 1982), California Angels (1977-80) and Boston Red Sox (1981). ... Zachary Davis Wheat (May 23, 1888 - March 11, 1972) was a left-handed Major League Baseball outfielder. ... Billy Leo Williams (born June 15, 1938) is an American former outfielder in Major League Baseball. ... Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), best known as Ted Williams, nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball. ... Carl Yastrzemskis number 8 was retired by the Boston Red Sox in 1989 Carl Michael Yaz Yastrzemski (pronounced ), i. ...

         

William Robert Bob Allison (July 11, 1934 - April 9, 1995) was a Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played in the American League for the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins between 1958 and 1970. ... Moisés Rojas Alou (born July 3, 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an All-Star outfielder in Major League Baseball. ... Brady Kevin Anderson (born January 18, 1964 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is a former center and left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Cleveland Indians. ... Garret Joseph Anderson (born June 30, 1972 in Los Angeles, California) is a Major League Baseball left fielder who has played his entire career for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. ... Edmundo Sandy Amorós (January 30, 1930 - June 27, 1992) was a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers. ... Jason Raymond Bay (born September 20, 1978 in Trail, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian baseball player, who plays left field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... William Lance Berkman (born February 10, 1976 in Waco, Texas) is a Major League Baseball player for the Houston Astros. ... Phil Bradley (born October 2, 1963 Goshen, OH - ) is an instructor of Wing Chun kung fu under Dai-Sifu Don Grose of the International Ving Tsun Kung Fu Federation. ... Johnny Briggs (born October 3, 1862, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England; died January 11, 1902, Heald Green, Cheadle, Cheshire, England) was a cricketer who was a left arm spin bowler for Lancashire County Cricket Club between 1879 and 1900 who still stands as the second-highest wicket-taker in the... Patrick Brian Burrell III or Pat Burrell, nicknamed Pat the Bat (born October 10, 1976 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas) is the starting left fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. ... José Canseco y Capas, Jr. ... Robert Henry Cerv (born 5 May 1926 in Weston, Nebraska) was an American baseball player. ... Marty Cordova, born Martin Kevin Cordova [COR-do-vah] (July 10, 1969 in Las Vegas, Nevada), is a former left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Minnesota Twins (1995-99), Toronto Blue Jays (2000), Cleveland Indians (2001) and Baltimore Orioles (2002-03). ... Adam Troy Dunn (November 9th, 1979, in Houston, Texas), is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. ... Cornelius Clifford Floyd Cornelius Clifford Floyd (December 5, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois) is a left fielder for the Chicago Cubs. ... George Arthur Foster (born December 1, 1948, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is a former left fielder and right-handed batter in Major League Baseball who played for the San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets and Chicago White Sox from 1969-1986. ... Clinton Daniel Dan Gladden (born July 7, 1957 in San Jose, California) is an American former Major League Baseball player and current radio broadcaster. ... Larry Eugene Hisle (born May 5, 1947 in Portsmouth, Ohio) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played with the Philadelphia Phillies (1968-71), Minnesota Twins (1973-77) and Milwaukee Brewers (1978-82). ... Matthew Thomas Holliday (born January 15, 1980 in Stillwater, Oklahoma) is the starting left fielder for the Colorado Rockies. ... Carl Demonte Crawford (born August 5, 1981 in Houston, Texas) is the starting left fielder for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays of Major League Baseball. ... Robert Lee Johnson (November 26, 1905 - July 6, 1982), nicknamed Indian Bob, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for three American League teams from 1933 to 1945, primarily the Philadelphia Athletics. ... Carlos Noriel Lee (born June 20, 1976 in Aguadulce, Panama) is a left fielder in Major League Baseball who plays for the Houston Astros. ... Luis Gonzalez is a common personal name that can refer to different people: Luis Emilio González (baseball outfielder): a Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers Luis González (baseball infielder): a Major League Baseball utility player, currently playing in Japan. ... Charlie Maxwell was a major league baseball player from 1950 through 1964 for four teams. ... Hideki Godzilla Matsui , born June 12, 1974) is a Japanese Major League Baseball left fielder who plays for the New York Yankees. ... Jason Drew J-Mike Michaels (born May 4, 1976 in Tampa, Florida) is an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. ... Craig Keystone Monroe (born February 27, 1977, in Texarkana, Texas) is a left fielder in Major League Baseball who currently plays with the Detroit Tigers and has a career batting average of . ... Benjamin Ambrosio Oglivie Palmer (born February 11, 1949 in Colon, Panama) is a former Major League Baseball left fielder for the Boston Red Sox (1971-1973), Detroit Tigers (1974-1977), and the Milwaukee Brewers (1978-1986). ... Keith Anthony (Tony) Phillips (b. ... Louis Victor Piniella (born August 28, 1943, in Tampa, Florida) is the current manager of the Chicago Cubs and a former Major League Baseball outfielder. ... Timothy Raines (born September 16, 1959 in Sanford, Florida), nicknamed Rock, is a former American left fielder in Major League Baseball known for his speed and ability to get on base. ... For other persons of the same name, see Manuel Ramirez. ... James Edward Jim Rice (born March 8, 1953, in Anderson, South Carolina) is a former baseball player who was with the American Leagues Boston, Red Sox from 1974 to 1989. ... Alfonso Guilleard Soriano (born January 7, 1976 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Chicago Cubs. ... Gary Lamell Ward (born December 6, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the Minnesota Twins (1979-83), Texas Rangers (1984-86), New York Yankees (1987-89) and Detroit Tigers (1989-90). ... Roy Hilton White (born December 27, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees between 1965 and 1979. ... Willie James Wilson (born July 9, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and Chicago Cubs. ... Gus Edward Zernial (born June 27, 1923 in Beaumont, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball left-fielder and right-handed batter who played for the Chicago White Sox (1949-51), Philadelphia Athletics (1951-54), Kansas City Athletics (1955-57) and Detroit Tigers (1958-59). ...

"Out of left field"

The phrase "out of left field" has come to be used in popular vernacular to describe any idea which seems wildly unrelated to the subject being discussed. This arose at Chicago's second West Side Park, home of the Chicago Cubs from 1893-1915. After the Cubs moved to what is now Wrigley Field the property eventually became the home of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. The U of I built its Neuropsychiatric Institute building in what had been left field, leading to the association with somebody or something that is a little off or crazy.[1] First West Side Park ca. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles). ... The University of Illinois College of Medicine, part of the University of Illinois system, is the largest medical school in the United States, with over 2,600 students and trainees. ...


References

  1. ^ Waak, Jason: "The Roots of Student Center West and Baseball", University of Illinois at Chicago, December 2005. [1]

See also


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Left fielder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (394 words)
A left fielder, abbreviated LF, is an outfielder in the sport of baseball who plays defense in left field.
Left field is the area of the outfield to the left of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher's mound.
The left fielder still requires good fielding and catching skills, and tends to receive more balls than the right fielder due to the fact that right-handed hitters, who are much more common, tend to "pull" the ball into left field.
Right fielder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (420 words)
Of all outfield positions, the right fielder should have the strongest arm, because they are the farthest from third base.
The right fielder tends to be a stronger offensive player than defensive, as right-handed batters tend to pull the ball to left field.
As well as the requirements above, the right fielder backs up first base on all throws from the catcher and pitcher, and all bunted balls, since the catcher or the first baseman must be available for fielding the ball.
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