Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Baseball The third of the outfield that is to the left, looking from home plate.
  • n. Baseball The position played by the left fielder.
  • n. Informal A position far from the center or mainstream, as of opinion or reason: opinions that are out in left field.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of a baseball field which is beyond the infield and to your left if you stand on home plate and face the pitcher
  • n. The defensive position in the outfield to the left.
  • n. An unexpected, bizarre, or unwatched source (especially in the phrases out of left field and from left field).
  • n. An unusual or unexpected position, or a viewpoint held by very few others in contrast to the majority viewpoint (especially in the phrases out in left field and way out in left field)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the part of the outfield on the catcher's or batter's left.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the left third of the outfield (looking from home plate)
  • n. the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
  • n. the piece of ground in the outfield on the catcher's left
  • n. the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the left third of the outfield (looking from home plate)

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  • The other weird thing about that sentence is that if something 'rolled' it would therefore be on the ground...so how can it then fall and be caught?
    Sounds like a writer trying to borrow an Americanism and failing. Not so much a mixed metaphor as one that was pan-fried and put through the mincer.

    November 3, 2015

  • Left field is not a cricket term so you need another assumption.

    November 3, 2015

  • Mum and Dad left that evening at about nine. They had treated us to dinner and had generally been helpful and lovely. Maybe this time one of their children had rolled so far left field they couldn't really help and had no advice, so all they could do was just sit back, watch and be ready to catch us if we fell.
    Marie Browne, Narrow Margins Mid-Glamorgan: Accent Press Ltd., 2009)

    As an American, I'm struck by the locution "roll left field." In the US, I think "out in left field" refers to the player standing way out there, far from the pitcher and other infielders. Here the image is of the ball that rolls to a part if the field where it's hard to retrieve, Assume it refers to cricket.

    November 3, 2015