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How To Play Second (2nd) Base

How To Play Second (2nd) Base

A second baseman is usually a player who is good at fielding and can handle short, quick, and accurate throws.

Some things to remember when playing second base:

With nobody on base, the second baseman should be playing back almost in the grass. This will give the second baseman the most time to get to the baseball if it is hit his way.

With a runner on first, the second baseman should be in "double play depth". This is about two steps in and two steps toward second. This brings the second baseman closer to second base and ready to turn a double play if the baseball is hit to him or the shortstop.

With a runner on second, the second baseman should keep the runner close by take a few steps toward second base as if he were to pick off. To get the pitcher to actually go ahead and pick the runner, the second baseman can give "daylight" by putting out his open hand. This tells the pitcher to turn and throw the baseball to second.

On a bunt the second baseman should cover first in case the first baseman charges the ball. Your team will probably have different bunt defenses so you will know ahead of time what your responsibilitiy will be.

You have pop up priority over the first baseman and pitcher so take charge if a pop up is hit to your side of the field.

Focus on your footwork turning a double play. Some second basemen like to take a quick knee and throw the ball to their shortstop, while others like to hop to get their body in a good position to throw the ball to the shortstop. Whatever you do, work on quick feet and getting rid of the baseball quickly.

The seond baseman and shortstop need to communicate on such things as who will take the throw from the catcher on an attempted stolen base, who will pick, pop ups, etc. Communication between middle infielders is very important.