If it is a force (i.e. there are people on all the bases behind the runner) play, then yes, the baseman needs to touch the base to get the runner out. If the runner is not required to move to that base, then the baseman must tag the runner to get him out. The baseman does not NEED to touch the base to record the out. The defense may tag the runner OR the bag.
You have your catcher, pitcher, 1st baseman, 2nd baseman, short stop, 3rd baseman, right fielder (behind 1st), left fielder (behind 3rd), and you center fielder (behind 2nd)
A few feet behind the runner when they lead off. The shortstop could loop around instead of the third baseman if you want it to be a surprise.
The best example I can give of a 'timed play' is when the pitcher attempts to pick off a runner at second base. The catcher will give a signal, maybe touching his mask or pounding his fist in his glove. This signal means that at the count of two the second baseman or shortstop, whoever has the responsibility of covering the bag, will start moving towards second base and at the count of four, the pitcher will whirl around and throw to second in an attempt to pick off the runner. The pitcher cannot turn around and see that a runner is taking a big lead off of second base and attempt to pick the runner off because the runner will head back to second as soon as he sees the pitcher looking at him. So, a 'timed play' is executed ... the shortstop/second baseman sneaks to the base behind the runner's back in the hope that the runner does not notice and the pitcher suddenly whirls around and throws in the hopes that he catches the base runner off guard.
When there isn't a runner behind them forcing them to run. For example, if a runner is on 2nd base but there is no one on 1st base, the runner must be tagged on their way to 3rd in order to get them out. However, if there IS a runner on 1st, the 3rd baseman can simply touch the base because it is a force out.
It's when the 2nd baseman comes up behind the pitcher and winds up the key on his back before he pitches.
Yes all the other bases are a force out. The runner going to first forces the runner at first to second. The runner at first forces the runner at second to third. The runner at second forces the runner at third to home. You only have to tag the runner when a runner that was "forcing" you (from a previous base) is out. In the scenario you have mentioned the only time the third baseman would have had to tag the runner from second to third would be if the initial force out was behind the runner at either at first or second (the putout thus not forcing the runner from second to third, which would now require a tag. If the initial force out was at first or second, the runner on second would have the choice of going to third or retreating to second, and not "forced" to run. Since the initial force out was at home, the runner from second to third is still being "forced" to run by the runners behind him. Make sense?
The positions in baseball are 1st base which the players stands to the right of the base and behind the baseline. 2nd baseman stands in the middle of 1st base and 2nd base. Short stop plays in between 2nd and 3rd base. The 3rd baseman plays to the left of the bag and behind the baseline. Then the outfielders play right, center, and left field. As for the pitcher he stands on the mound in the middle of the infield while the catcher sits behind home plate.
9 player on the field The catcher is the player squating down behind home plate. On the pitchers mound is the pitcher who throws pitches. Nearest to first base is the first baseman. Between first and second base is the seccond baseman. Between second base and third base is the shortstop. Nearest to third base is the third baseman. In the center of the outfield is the center fielder. On the left side of the outfield from the batters perspective is the left fielder. On the right side of the outfield from the batters perspective is the right fielder.
Not always. They can be forced out if there is a runner behind them and the fielder tags the base they were running to.
0. Example: Pitcher enters the game in the top of the 9th with his team behind by one run. There are two outs and a runner on first. The pitcher picks the runner off of first for the third out before throwing a pitch to the batter. His team scores two runs in the bottom of the 9th to win the game. The pitcher is credited with the win even though he threw 0 pitches.
Vince Young was the runner up behind Reggie Bush