A 4-6-3 double play is a common type of double play where the second baseman (4) fields the ball, throws the ball to the shortstop (6) to get the force out at second base, and the shortstop makes a throw to the first baseman (3) to get the batter out at first.
The ball is fielded by the 1st baseman (3) who steps on the 1st base plate for the first out. He then throws it to either the shortstop (6) or the 2nd baseman (4) who tags the runner for the second out. Double plays involving only two defensive players are indicated with just two numbers.
Pitcher is the most difficult position to play in baseball.
Not only does the pitcher have the most important job on the field, which is to get batters out and prevent runs from scoring, but he also has to deal with the immense pressure that accompanies being on the mound.
5-4-3 double play
The third baseman (5) fields a batted ball and throws to the second baseman (4) to force out a runner advancing from first. The second baseman then throws to the first baseman (3) to force out the batter.
This is one method of a double play where the first baseman (3) fields a ground ball, does not step on first base and throws to the shortstop (6) at second base for the force out. After the shortstop steps on the second base, he then returns the throw to the first baseman (3) to complete the double play at first base.
A flyout to left field would listed as F7. A lineout to center field might be L8, or F8 with a straight line above the F and the 8 to indicate a line drive.
In baseball, you may have heard the term “five-tool player” used to describe the rare player that excels at all five of the major physical tools (Speed, Throwing, Fielding, Hiting for Average, and Hitting for Power).
The shortstop position is between the second base and the third baseman. Its name comes from where it’s located, as it requires the player to stop the short side of the field and act as a cutoff for the left and center fielders. Also seen on box scores and graphics, the shortstop position is labeled SS.
Basically it means he got one hit in two tries (i.e. one hit and one out, for the two at-bats represented by this phrase).
Outs are generally recorded via a strikeout, a groundout, a popout or a flyout, but MLB’s official rulebook chronicles other ways – including interfering with a fielder – by which an offensive player can be put out.
Lefties are ideal for first base because with their glove on their right hand, it makes it easy for them to turn to the base with their glove facing the field. Right-handed first basemen have to take a few extra steps to turn their bodies, which is a disadvantage for them compared to lefties.
Based on statistics and the position’s active involvement in the game, it’s believed that right field is the easiest baseball position to play. This is the case because of the number of balls hit to right field compared to other positions on the field.
All outfielders have the ability to call off all infielders. The shortstop has the ability to call off all other infielders but not outfielders. If he is moving back into the outfield then he has to give up priority to the outfielder coming in on the ball.
The outfield positions are generally considered to be easier to play than the infield positions and tend to be dominated by good hitters. Center field is usually considered the hardest outfield position.
Third Base is the Best Baseball Position:
Because no other position player is closer to the batter, a third baseman must have catlike reflexes, a strong arm and not be afraid of a hard hit ball. Most young hitters are right handed and the good ones pull the ball.
The second baseman throws to the first baseman, with the throw arriving in time to force out the batter (third out). This is an example of grounding into a 5-4-3 triple play, also known as an “around the horn” triple play, per standard baseball positions.
If the next batter hits a ball to the center fielder who catches it on the fly for the second out, it would be noted as F8, with F for flyout and 8 for the center fielder. (In some systems, the letter ‘F’ is reserved for foul outs.
The shortstop positions himself between the third baseman and the second-base bag. The shortstop is considered the captain of the infield and takes charge on balls hit in the air as well as communication among infielders.
The Fielding positions are numbered. F1 - Pitcher. F2 - Catcher. F3 - 1st Base. F4 - 2nd Base.
Overrunning first base - When running to first base, a player can overrun first base and still be safe. They must not make an attempt to run to second. Once they make the attempt to run to second, they can be tagged upon returning to first base.