The 2nd baseman is usually the backup man in a steal attempt where the shortstop is covering second base. It should also support first base during bunt plays when the pitcher, catcher, or 3rd baseman is making the play.
Typically the second baseman will cover second on a steal attempt with a right-handed batter on plate, and the shortstop will cover second if a left-handed batter is up.
Left Fielder: Secures second base (staying a good 50-60 feet off the field) and watches the throw come off the right field line.
There are three situations (also discussed in more detail later in this section) in which the shortstop’s and second baseman’s response to this rule is modified slightly; when the ball is hit to the catcher, pitcher, or center fielder: Catcher or pitcher: shortstop covers second base; second baseman supports second base.
Single to right field, the second baseman covers 2nd base. The shortstop positions himself at 3rd base and awaits the throw from the outfielder, who has the choice of going home or going to 3rd base.
Shortstop: Cover second base. Third Baseman: Dash toward home plate and cover the left side of the infield. When catching the ball, listen to the catcher’s instructions and then throw it to the appropriate base. Left Fielder: Secure every throw to second base.
Similarly, if the pitcher is attempting to pop a runner at second base, the shortstop and second baseman have agreed in advance who will cover second base.
The 2nd baseman is usually the substitute in a steal attempt where the shortstop covers second base.
Even in the traditional way of making clipped shots to home plate, the second baseman should cover first base, so if the first baseman wanted to clip the ball and make the batter too big for a tack he can for the 1st base.
Softball Bunt Coverage – Runners on 2nd Base
3rd Baseman remains until Covers 3rd Base. The 2nd baseman is responsible for covering 1st base and receiving the throw. The right fielder should angle approximately 20 to 30 feet behind 1st base and near the foul line to clip any errant throws.
The pitcher will have help from the third baseman (and even left fielder!) on this backup, but we don’t want the third baseman to be the one setting up a wild pitch. Its primary responsibility is to cover third parties.
The shortstop covers the area between second baseman and third baseman. He is often the best defensive player on the team. Many major league teams choose their shortstop primarily for defense.
Variations of this doubles game include the 3-6-1 doubles game (where the pitcher covers first) and the 3-6-4 doubles game (where the second baseman covers first).< /p>
Based on statistics and the position’s active involvement in the game, Right Field is believed to be the easiest baseball position to play. This is due to the number of balls hit in the right field compared to other positions on the field.
Jug. The pitcher is the most difficult position in baseball. Not only does the pitcher have the most important job on the field of getting batters out and preventing runs from scoring, but he also has to deal with the immense pressure that comes with being on the mound.
The shortstop plays a position typically between second base and third base. Often the most athletic player on the field, the shortstop has the greatest need for speed, agility and a strong throwing arm.