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That depends on where the 1st baseman fields the ball. If the 1st baseman can field the ball, throw to second, and have enough time to get safely back to the base to catch the return throw, then (s)he will cover. If not, then it is the responsibility of the pitcher.

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Q: Who covers first base on a double play when the ball is hit to first baseman?
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Why is the baseball tossed around the infield but not to the first baseman after an infield out?

The ball is usually not passed to the first baseman because a first baseman is involved in many plays. It's an old tradition that's still in use.


What are two outs in once baseball game?

When the defensive team in baseball, gets two players out in one play, it is called a double play. This usually occurs when the ball is hit between the second and third base. The short stop between the second and third base throws the ball to the second baseman, who gets the runner from first base out. Then the second baseman throws the ball to the first baseman, who gets the hitter out. There are other ways that a double play can occur, however, this is the most common way.


Often stops the ball before it gets to the outfield?

In baseball, someone playing on the infield will stop the ball before it gets to the outfield. Depending on where it's hit, this could be the first baseman, second baseman, shortstop, or third baseman. Sometimes the pitcher even stops the ball before it has a chance to get through to the outfield.


If the bases are loaded with one out and the ball is hit to the first baseman what does the pitcher do?

Regardless of the situation, if the ball is hit on the ground to the right side of the infield the pitcher's duty is to run to first base and be ready to take a throw. In this situation, there are two possible actions the first baseman could take ... 1) Throw the ball to second base in an attempt to start a double play. If this is the case, the first baseman will need to turn his body towards second base to throw. This means it will take him longer to get back to first base to take the return throw. If the pitcher is hustling towards first base chances are he will get there before the first baseman will. 2) Throw the ball home in an attempt to start a double play but at least to get the lead runner and stop a run from scoring. In this case, the first baseman will turn his body towards home plate to make the throw. He may be able to get back to first base in time to take the return throw and if he can, he will yell to the pitcher that he is going to take the throw from the catcher. In this case, it is usually easier for the first basemen to take the throw as the pitcher's momentum takes him away from the throw and he will have to turn his body when he gets to first base to face the catcher. Of course, all this depends on where the first baseman fields the ball. If he fields it very close to first base, he will cover for the return throw regardless of whether he throws to second or throws home.


Can there be an assist on an error in baseball?

Yes. If the official scorer deems that an out would have been made had another fielder not made an error after the player who would have gotten the assist played the ball, the assist is given. If the first baseman drops a throw from an infielder that would have made an out on a ground ball, the infielder is given an assist and the first baseman is given an error. If the catcher throws a perfect strike to second base to catch a runner stealing and the second baseman drops the ball allowing the runner to be safe when he would have been out by five feet, the catcher is given an assist and the second baseman is given an error.

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Who covers first base in baseball when a ball is hit to the first baseman?

The Pitcher


Who covers first on a ball hit between first and second and fielded by the first baseman?

The pitcher normally, unless the second baseman can for some reason out leg him, which he really shouldn't be able to after trying to field the ground ball.


Why doesn't the ball go to the first baseman when the ball is thrown around the horn?

it does it is thrown from the catcher to the third baseman who throws it to the second baseman who throws it to the short stop who throws it to the first baseman who throws it to the pitcher


Who covers first base when ball is bunted in major league?

In most cases the 2nd baseman will be covering 1st base on a bunt play.


Who plays 2nd base when the ball goes to the left field?

When a ball is hit into left field it is the shortstop's job to act as a cutoff man while the second baseman covers second base and when the ball is hit to right field it is the second baseman's job to act as a cutoff unless the play is at home then the outfielder will throw to the first baseman as a middle man while the shortstop covers second base. Now if the ball is hit to center field then it is the shortstop's job to cutoff unless again the play is at home then the first baseman is the cutoff.


When a 6-4-3 double play is recorded in a softball baseball scorebook who is the first fielder to touch the ball?

The shortstop (6).Then the second baseman (4), and finally the first baseman (3).


Which player are involved in a 6-4-3 double play?

The shortstop (6) throws to the second baseman (4), who steps on second base and then relays the ball to the first baseman (3).


Is a batter out if the first-baseman controls the ball on the ground before the batter reaches first?

no.Unless the first baseman is touching first base.


Who goes for ball in bunt p or 1b?

If the bunt goes towards the pitcher or third base line the pitcher. If up the first base line the first baseman and the pitcher covers first


What three position players touched the ball with a 4-6-3 double play?

For purposes of scoring, baseball players are listed as: (1) The pitcher; (2) The catcher; (3) The first baseman; (4) The second baseman; (5) The third baseman; (6) The shortstop; (7) The left fielder; (8) The center fielder; and (9) The right fielder. As a result, a 4-6-3 double play is started by the second baseman, who flips a ground ball to the shortstop, who then throws the ball to first base.


What is the penalty if a third baseman is not in fair territory when the pitcher delivers the ball to the batter?

It is a balk. Same for the first baseman.


What is the term '643 double play' or 462 or whatever it is that they say before a double play?

The numbers refer to the positions played by a team's fielders, and they are listed in the order in which the fielders handled the ball. Pitcher is 1; catcher, 2; first baseman, 3; second baseman, 4; third baseman, 5; shortstop, 6; left field, 7; center field, 8; right field, 9. Therefore, a "6-4-3 double play" refers to (usually) a ground ball to the shortstop (6), who throws to the second baseman (4) for one out, who then throws to the first baseman (3) for the second out. You can have any combination of numbers for a double or triple play depending upon how many players handle the ball!

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