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out in left field

Meaning 1
to be out in the left field of the baseball park
Sentence 1
Hank Aaron was a outfielder. He played out in left field.
Meaning 2
to be away from the action, from what's happening
Sentence 2
He's out in left field. He won't be used on this mediation team.

Derivation

"Out in left field" does not have a negative connotation in the literal sense. Some of the U.S.' best ball players have been leftfielders. However, in the derrivative form it does.