from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In base-ball, a base-man, short-stop, or pitcher when he is fielding the ball.
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Anyway, Anderson Cooper, carrying on in the great tradition of a former utility in-fielder, now a main man.
They may be hearing lots of offers for in-fielder Luis Castillo.
A good right fielder should also throw out many men at first base during a season, and this means that he must possess all the qualifications of an in-fielder.
He should "call" for the ball the moment he has decided to take it, and as between an out-fielder and an in-fielder the former will take any hit he can reach.
He is running in for the ball and has it before him all the time, while the in-fielder, running out, is apt to get twisted up and in bad shape to make the catch.
On all long hits out of the fielder's reach he should go after the ball with all possible speed and return it to the in-fielder, who has gone out to help him back with the ball.