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Because it has always been considered "bad luck" to throw the ball to the first baseman. Same reason that the third baseman always gives the ball to the pitcher after throwing it around - bad luck for anyone else to do so.

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When there is a runner on first and the batter hits a ground ball to the first baseman should the first baseman throw the ball to second?

If the first baseman has time they should tag the runner. If the runner is already too far they should throw it. If the first baseman is close to first, they should step on first and then throw the ball to the shortstop at second. Note: Tagging first base first takes away the force out at second and the runner must then be tagged. They are also allowed to return to first base.


Why don't teams shift right handed hitters the way they shift lefties?

The main issue is that first base is on the right side, so you can't apply the same shift to a righty as you would to a lefty. A real dramatic shift on a left handed hitter like Ryan Howard has the third baseman playing at about the shortstop position, the shortstop playing closer to the second baseman's usual position, the second baseman playing in right field, the right fielder playing in very deep right field, and the first baseman guarding the line. You can't do the same for a righty. On a right handed pure pull hitter, the third baseman may guard the line, the shortstop will move towards third, and the second baseman will be behind the bag. But the first baseman must be close enough to first to handle a throw. And the shortstop can't play in left field, because he'd be too far away from first base to throw the guy out. So you can't shift a righty nearly as dramatically as you can shift a lefty.


What are the coverage responsibilities of each infielder on a bunt with no outs and a runner at third base?

The first baseman should stay close to the bag but out a little more then usual so incase she needs to run back to the bag to get an out if the ball in thrown in her derection to get an out. The second baseman shouldcome up from her position too. More then the first baseman should because if there's just a runner on first and a batter then there is no need for a second bas out. The short-stop should come up more as well. I the ball comes to her she can either get the out at first or at home or if the runner goes for home but decides to go back then she can get the runner out at third base. The third baseman should go up but still stay by her bag more like the first basemen. She should be ready for the throw to home or an out at third if the girl changes her mind about coming back from home to third. Stay close to the bag but out too so it will be easier to throw the third base runner out at home so the other team won't score.


Why are first baseman often lefthanded?

There are three reasons why first basemen are often lefthanded. First, when a first baseman is holding a runner on first, if the pitcher tries to pick off that runner, this is not a force out, so the first baseman will have to tag the runner. This tag is much easier to make with the right hand. And, as you know, a left-handed player wears the glove on his right hand. Second, when a first baseman is trying to get a force put-out at first base, with another infielder throwing the ball to him, this is a force out, so he just has to have his foot on the base when he catches the thrown ball. To make the play just a little quicker, he will stretch his GLOVE hand out toward the fielder who is throwing the ball to him. If that glove is on his left hand, then his back is turned toward the batter running to first base, as well as to home plate. If, on the other hand, the glove is on his RIGHT hand, then his back is to the outfield, and he can, with a slight twist of his head, or even twitch of the eyes, see the entire infield, including the batter coming to first base. The third reason is a bit more complicated. Bear with me. The easiest way to throw a baseball is "across your body", which means, if you throw with your right hand, your left shoulder is forward of your right shoulder at the time you begin your throw. You can get much more force behind your throw this way than you can with your "good" shoulder forward, or with neither shoulder forward. In fact, except for easy "flip" throws, a fielder will always position his body and shoulders in such a way that he can throw across his body before making the throw. Most of the time, this doesn't require much effort because, for a right-handed third baseman, shortstop, or second baseman, the throw usually goes to first base. But if you want to see how a fielder re-positions himself so he can throw across his body, watch a right-handed second baseman make a throw (of more than 20 feet) to the shortstop at second base. But even for the second baseman, the vast majority of his throws are going to go to first base. For a shortstop or third baseman, when they're not throwing to first, they are usually throwing to second, so they're still throwing across their bodies. Point is, for all infielders EXCEPT the first baseman, the vast majority of throws are "across the body" for a right hander, which is why most second basemen, shortstops, and third basemen are right-handed. Now think about a first baseman. A first baseman is almost NEVER required to throw the ball during a play (though he often is the one to throw the ball back to the pitcher after the play is over). Most grounders go near the middle of the field, and the first baseman just has to stand on first and wait for the throw. Even when a grounder is hit to the first-baseman, he usually doesn't have to throw it, but just steps on the bag. But, every once in a while, a situation comes up that requires the first baseman to throw the ball during the play. Usually, that situation is a ground ball hit to the first baseman, with a runner on first and less than 2 outs. In this situation, the defense would like to turn a double play. One way to do this is for the first baseman to field the ball, step on first, then throw to second. But this has a couple of disadvantages. First, it's always faster to THROW a ball than to run to a base, and unless the first baseman is right on top of the bag when he fields the ball, he's not likely to have enough time to step on his base then throw to second in time to get the runner. Moreover, even if he can get the ball to second in time, the act of stepping on first base put the batter out, which removed the "force" condition on the runner. To get him out now, the fielder will have to TAG him rather than simply stepping on the base. The other method is a little easier, but by no means certain. After the first baseman fields the ball, he initially ignores the easy out at first base and throws to second, where the shortstop is moving toward the base. Timed perfectly, the shortstop catches the ball just as his foot touches second base, immediately recording the force out on the runner coming from first, and immediately throwing the ball back to first base. In the meantime, after the first throw, the first baseman runs back to first base and stands there, with his glove stretched out toward second base. (Sometimes, if the play pulls the first baseman way off the bag, the second baseman will cover first base). If the ball gets back to first base in time, the batter is out, and the defense has successfully turned a double play. This play rarely works because of the large amount of time required to make the two long throws. 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