Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 16:16:04 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: out in left field Someone else brought up the possibility Dan Alford mentions (the allusion to the worst kid being sent out to left field), but as we've been saying, the preponderance of right-handed hitters means that it would be RIGHT field that would be the safest spot to "hide" someone, and that's how I remember it, in sandlot ball as well as the majors (think Dave Kingman).* Even in my daughter's softball league, I'd wager that fewer balls are hit to right. So I really think we need to stick to the left-field-fences-are-further-out theory suggested by Ron, perhaps buttressed by the political corollaries brought up by others (the off-the-wall-ness of "the Left", the prejudice against lefties, etc.). Larry *A tendency offset by the fact that right-fielders do need to have good arms, so many excellent fielders end up being positioned there as well (think Roberto Clemente).