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Pots (as we might put it) are something useful in baseball (8)


I believe the answer is:


'something useful in baseball' is the definition.
(fence used in baseball)

'pots as we might put it' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
an anagram of 'pots' is 'stop' which is present in the answer.
The remaining letters 'back' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

'are' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for backstop that I've seen before include "baseball player" , "baseball catcher" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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