from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Baseball The player who defends center field.
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- n. the outfield defensive player who stands in the middle of the field
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- n. the person who plays center field
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In a span of five years the Yankees lost second baseman Bobby Richardson, shortstop Tony Kubek, pitcher Whitey Ford, and center fielder Mickey Mantle to retirement.
In 1976, the Yankees had acquired Rivers, along with pitcher Ed Figueroa, for center fielder Bobby Bonds, who like Rivers could steal bases and unlike Rivers could hit for power, but who also struck out about three times as frequently as Rivers.
But in that off-season, the Yankees traded for center fielder Mickey Rivers and pitcher Ed Figueroa from California, and for a quiet young second baseman named Willie Randolph from Pittsburgh.
Steinbrenner replaced him with Bill Virdon, a mild-mannered former center fielder who had managed the Pittsburgh Pirates for two years.
That spring, Torrez was out for dinner with Cardinals center fielder Curt Flood when “Drysdale happened to walk in and Curt introduced me,” Torrez said.
Then came a single by center fielder Chet Lemon, and Don Zimmer brought in relief ace Bill Campbell, who procured the second out on a fly ball.