Playing Second Base In Baseball
Playing Second Base In Baseball
Alan Jaeger (Pitching Coach / Founder) gives expert video advice on: What is a 'second baseman' in baseball?; What are the defensive responsibilities of a second baseman in baseball?; Where should a second baseman in baseball position himself on the diamond? and more...
What is a 'second baseman' in baseball?
The second baseman is an infielder that plays on the right side of the infield close to second base, and is positioned between first and second base.
Where should a second baseman in baseball position himself on the diamond?
The second baseman in baseball is positioned between the first and second base bag in what's called the "right side hole". What that means is that there's a spot between first and second which is favouring second base, where if the second baseman wasn't there, the ball would go straight through into the alley, into the outfield. So, what happens is, the second baseman is placed in that hole and is placed at the back of dirt, where the dirt actually meets the grass.
What steps should a second baseman take in order to defend against a stolen base in baseball?
The steps a second baseman should take in order to defend against a stolen base is that he has to do what's called cheating towards second base. His normal position is about 25 to 30 feet away from second base, so he has to actually move his position closer to second base in the event the runner steals. This is because he needs to be able to get to the base in time. He also has to learn how to hold his position, meaning even if the runner steals, because he's closer to the bag now, he's got to be able to let the pitch happen and make sure the balls not hit to him before he vacates that spot.
How can a second baseman pickoff a runner in baseball?
The way a second baseman can pickoff a runner from baseball is if he has a predesigned plan with the pitcher on what's called a timing play. This includes a play where the pitcher may look back once, twice or three times and the second baseman will break to the bag, that's called a timing play. Then there's what's called an open glove play which is basically spontaneous, there's no predesigned play. If the second baseman is taking off too big of a lead or he's asleep, then what he'll do is he'll start to break to second base with his glove open telling the pitcher that, "Lets go. Lets go get this guy out."
What is the proper way for a second baseman to execute a rundown in baseball?
The proper way for a second baseman to execute a rundown in baseball is, number one, he has to learn how to clear the base path, meaning wherever the runner is running along he has to get at an angle and hopefully his partner, his other infielder, is also creating the same angle with him so the ball doesn't get thrown into the runner. Once the ball hits the runner, chances are the runner's going to be safe. Secondly, he needs to create enough space to where, as the runner's coming to him, he can call for the ball by saying ‘now'. If he calls for the ball by saying ‘now' he should have plenty of time to catch the ball, and tag the runner. Thirdly, if he's the one that has the ball, then his job is to run the base runner as hard as he can and get him moving as fast as he can so that when he throws the ball to the other position player, the other position player can also catch the ball with plenty of time, to not only catch it in a relatively relaxed manner but then tag the runner.
What is the proper way for a second baseman to tag a base runner in baseball?
The proper way for a second baseman to tag the runner, which is for any position, is to make sure that when you catch the ball, if you have time just to put your bare hand inside your glove surrounding the ball, and to always tag with both hands. This will prevent the base runner from jarring the ball loose.
When does it become the second baseman's responsibility to cover first base in baseball?
It becomes the second baseman's responsibility to cover first base, number one, in any bunt play where he knows ahead of time that the first baseman's job is to crash home plate, meaning that he has to come get the ball. Secondly, if there's a runner on first and there's a ground ball hit to first baseman in a double play situation, if the first baseman has to field the ball away from first base, by the time he throws it to second base to get the lead runner, he won't have time to get back to first base, so the second baseman's job is to make sure he gets to first base to cover for the first baseman.
What are the proper techniques for a second baseman to handle a relay throw from the outfield in baseball?
The proper technique for a second baseman to handle a relay throw is to follow some basic instructions. The first step is to get into a position where the outfielder can hear and see him. He needs to be able to communicate well, and he also needs to be able to put his hands up. Secondly, he's got to be able to read the outfielder; does he have a strong arm or not, and if so he then has to make the decision of whether he needs to go closer to him if he doesn't have a strong arm, he needs to back up away from him if he does have a strong arm. Lastly he needs to be in athletic position in relation to where he catches the ball. If he's able to transfer the ball quickly, and make the throw. So his body, in other words, is in a position where he's not just facing one way rigidly, he's at an angle, so he can catch the ball, transfer the ball, and then release the ball to the next base, because many times a player will be out, or safe, by fractions of a second. So you're looking to save that fraction of a second.
What are the proper techniques for a second baseman to turn a double play in baseball?
Proper technique for a second baseman to turn a double play in baseball is, number one, to get to the bag under control. Then give the shortstop, third baseman or pitcher if you will, a good target - which is why he needs to get to the bag in time. And then lastly he has to be able to get the ball in a way that he can transfer the ball, touch the base and throw the ball all without getting taken out by the runner coming in. So, there's many ways to do that, but basically you can use the bag as a defence by catching the ball behind the bag so the runner can't slide into you, or you can learn how to catch the ball crossing the bag and then kind of creating a different angle, so again the runner can't take you out. So there's big responsibilities. Get there, have a good target and then really learn how to get the ball out of your hands without getting taken out by the runner.
What is a 'pivot man' in baseball?
A pivot man in baseball is simply the player who takes the ball at second base, whether it's the second baseman or shortstop, to turn the double play. So he, in fact, is pivoting when he gets the ball to go from one angle, and he's pivoting to turn the ball and throw it to another angle, which is over to first base.