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left-field

adj
informal regarded as being outside the mainstream; unconventional
[C20: from baseball term left field, the area of the outfield to the batter's left, regarded as the scene of little action]
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"Wong on the left-field line Carpenter on the left-field line.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE: See statues of Warren Spahn (left-field gate), Phil Niekro (third-base gate) and Bobby Cox (first-base gate).
Maybe they should look at what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done at Old Trafford since his magnificently left-field appointment.
Swansea's Graham Potter is, like Bielsa, one of those clever left-field appointments that go against everything British football stands for.
And ex-Gers star Hill has hailed his old club for going for a left-field approach and offering the chance to a young coach.
The irony, of course, is that the left-field appointment - Carlos Carvalhal at Swansea City - had no top-flight experience to call upon and is tearing up the table.
However, he represents something of a left-field appointment, the type for which Offaly has been renowned in both codes over many years, with mixed levels of success.
But collecting snot from whales has got to be one of the most left-field applications Eye has heard of.
Fans can exepct a left-field mixture of stand-up, chat and comment as they look back at the most momentous year in Scottish politics, from the Referendum to the general election.
THE story that a Canadian team is looking to enter League 1 in 2016 has certainly come from left-field.
Gibson then crushed the ball over the left-field fence, and Grady/O'Connell's led 3-0.