I played Baseball for 16 years and on my high school team my coach liked to do the same thing. He said it was so the sun wasnt alway in our face and he would always be the third base coach so he didnt want to walk all the way around the field every inning. Makes sense. Im sure every coach has their reason.
Some teams prefer to have their home dugouts on the third-base side. Others prefer the first-base side. The San Francisco Giants are one of 12 major-league teams who prefer the former location. The others: Arizona, both Chicago teams, Cleveland, Detroit, both Los Angeles area teams, Miami, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Toronto.
Just to be different.
There is no official rule regarding home team dugout location. The home team dugout can be found on either side throughout MLB. I can tell you that for as long as I can remember, the Indians always were on the 1st base side at home. Later for some reason, they switched to the 3rd base side. Peter Gammons once explained that teams east of the Mississippi had their dugout on the east side (first base side) of the stadium. While teams west of the Mississippi would have their dugout on the west (third base side) Today some teams with new ballparks have changed this early tradition. Peter Gammons was not correct. The Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox -- both teams in the Major League since it's inception both have their home dugouts on the third base side. The Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres have always had their dugouts on the first base side.
* These teams have they're dugouts on the 3rd base side; the rest of the teams have them on the 1st base side...don't know why * Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field) * Chicago Cubs (Wrigley Field) * Chicago White Sox (U.S. Cellular Field) * Cleveland Indians (Jacobs Field) * Detroit Tigers (Comerica Park) * Los Angeles Angels (Angel Stadium of Anaheim) * Los Angeles Dodgers (Dodger Stadium) * Minnesota Twins (Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome) * Oakland A's (McAfee Coliseum) * Pittsburgh Pirates (PNC Park) * San Francisco Giants (AT&T Park) * Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre
There is no official dugout for home teams and/or visiting teams in professional baseball. Each ball park is different with the home team dugout pre-determined. The dugouts are usually connected to the team's locker rooms, which are also pre-determined. In other words, the home team dugout may be on the first base side in some stadiums, or on the third base side in others. In amateur ball, such as Little League, etc., the league rules usually designates which dugout is to be occupied by the designated home team and which will be occupied by the designated visiting team.
Jonathan Light wrote in the "Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball" (1997) that the location of the home team dugout is sometimes based on the whim of the owner. Some times it depends on the vantage point of the owners executive suite. In the American League, seven of the fourteen teams have the home team dugout on the first base side. In the official rules of baseball section 1.08 states: The home club shall furnish players' benches, one each for the home team and visiting teams. Such benches shall not be less than 25 feet from the base lines. They shall be roofed and shall be enclosed at the back and ends.
Because most major league teams, minor league, college and high school teams are on the first base side if they are the home team!! Some teams are on the third base side due to maybe superstition.. that being the Cubs are on the first base line due to tradition.
The Rogers Centre.
Yeah all the home dugouts do, not sure about the visitors though.
They play their games at Safeco Field.
One can find more information on the dugout on Wikipedia, they have a whole topic about the dogout. The dugout is a team's bench area and is located in foul territory between home plate and either first or third base. There are always two dugouts in baseball, one for the home team and one for the visiting team.
Individual league rules require the uniform colors for home teams and visiting teams.
Yes several teams do. The Red Sox dugout is and always has been on the first base side to name one.