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How To Play First (1st) Base

How To Play First (1st) Base

The most common play in a baseball game is throwing a runner out at firstbase. To be a good defensive 1st baseman, you must be able to make this play. Either by picking bad throws, or having a great stretch, it is your job to make sure that when there is a play at first, the baserunner is out. Besides making the play at first, you also must field your position if the ball is hit to you. Here are some tips on being a good defensive first baseman.

Where should a first baseman play with nobody on base?

There is no set distance away from first base that you should play. The only two determining factors are: can you reach a ball hit sharply down the line AND can you get to first base in time for a throw from your infielders. Other than that, where you play is a comfort thing. Most first basemen like to play as deep as they can so that they have more time to field a baseball hit their way. If this is where you decide to play, just make sure you can get to the bag fast enough for a throw coming in.

Where should a first baseman play with a runner on first?

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