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Baseball Positions: Second Base is the Best

February 5, 2013

Second Base is the best position on the baseball field.  Second basemen need to have a good range.  They also need to have quick hands and quick feet.  Second basemen are vital in turning double plays.  Often, when a runner is stealing second, the second baseman covers the bag.  And they also act as the cutoff man for balls hit to right field or right-center field.

A second baseman needs to have a good range.  They cover between second base and the first baseman.  Most first baseman have a smaller range, mainly because they need to stay close to first base.  Therefore, the second baseman needs to cover just a little more ground.  It helps to have quick reflexes in order to cover that ground.

Second basemen need quick hands and quick feet.  The quick feet allow them to get to more balls.  The quick hands get the ball out of the glove fast which allows the second baseman to get the throw off quickly.  The combination of quick hands and quick feet allows the second baseman to get to more ground balls and make more plays.

Those quick hands and feet also help on a double play.  A second baseman needs to be able to catch a ball, pivot, throw to first, and avoid the runner.  Being able to do that prevents runs and gives the team a better chance to win.  After all, the double play is a pitcher’s best friend.

Second basemen often cover second base on a stolen base attempt.  This is another example of quick hands and feet coming in very handy for a second baseman.  Getting to second base quickly on a stolen base attempt is important because it gives the catcher a better target to throw to.  The quick hands allow the second baseman to catch the throw and apply the tag quickly.

Second basemen are crucial to the cutoff throw.  When a ball is hit to right or right-center field, the second baseman gets between the outfielder and the base they are throwing to.  The idea is to create a shorter throw for the outfielder.  And once again, quick hands and quick feet come in to play.  When the second baseman receives this throw, they need to pivot, transfer the ball from the glove to the throwing hand, and throw an accurate ball to a base in an attempt to get the runner out.

So there you have it. Second base is the best position to play. Second basemen have a good range.  They also have quick hands and quick feet.  They are vital in turning double plays.  They cover second base on stolen base attempts, and they act as the cutoff man for balls hit to right and right-center field.

If you are a second baseman, you are in company with baseball greats such as: Roberto Alomar, Jackie Robinson, Rogers Hornsby, Bill Mazeroski, Joe Morgan, Ryne Sandberg, Jim Gantner, Craig Biggio, Dustin Pedroia, and Rickie Weeks.

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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One Comment
  1. Due to these requirements, second base is sometimes a primarily defensive position in the modern game, but there are hitting stars as well.

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