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Baseball Positions: Right Field is the Best

February 1, 2013

Right field is the best position on the baseball field.  The right fielder has one of the strongest arms on the team.   That strong arm combined with smart play can stop rallies. Right fielders also tend to hit for power, which gives them another way to affect a game.  One aspect to right fielders that is often overlooked is their responsibilities for backing up throws.

A right fielder needs a strong arm.  Some of the longest throws are from the right field corner to third base and from the right-center field wall to home plate.  Having a reputation for a strong arm will keep runners from taking an extra base.

A right fielder that has a strong arm and is good at getting to the ball can stop rallies before they begin.  Getting to the ball quickly will prevent a runner from going first to third on a base hit.  If the runner does go, a strong throw will get him out at third.  In one case, there are runners at first and second and the double play is still possible.  In the other case, there is one more out and just a runner at second.  Without a good right fielder, there are probably runners at second and third.

Right fielders also tend to hit for power.  They hit home runs and drive in a lot of runs.  This takes pressure off of the pitchers and the defense.

Another very important job for the right fielder is backing up throws.  Any throw from in front of the pitcher to the first baseman is backed up by the right fielder.  Also, any throw from third base or shortstop to second base is backed up by the right fielder.  If any of these throws gets by the fielder, the right fielder gets to it and prevents the runners from taking extra bases.

So there you have it. Right field is the best position to play. Right fielders put an end to the opponent’s rallies and produce rallies for their own team.  They also back up certain throws and limit the damage of errant throws.

If you are a right fielder, you are in company with baseball greats such as: Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Roger Maris, Roberto Clemente, Tony Gwynn, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Ichiro Suzuki, Cory Hart, and Justin Upton.  There are four right fielders in the top 13 all time home run leaders.  It was a right fielder that held the single season home run mark from 1919 until 1998.  An impressive feat, indeed!

This is part of a series of articles explaining why each position on the baseball field is the best. This series is aimed towards coaches at all levels. It is my belief that every position is important, and they each need players with different strengths.

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