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why is the home team dugout in the AL on the 1st baseline and on the 3rd baseline in the NL?

by Rick
(Tampa)

Photo Bill Stanton: Checkswing.com

Photo Bill Stanton: Checkswing.com

Rick asked: Home team dugouts; why is the home team dugout in the AL on the first baseline and on the third baseline in the NL?


Rick answered: Rick, thank you for your question.

There are 10 NL teams and 8 AL teams which elect to use the first base dugout in their home stadium.

The numbers that elect the third base dugout when at home are 6 from each league.

There is no stated rule as to which dugout will be used by the home team. Organizations base their decision on the size and condition of the dugouts and locker rooms, orientation to the sun for day games, franchise tradition.

Colleges and high schools most always make their selection based on which dugout faces the sun.

In leagues where there is a common field played on by all in the league, the schedule usually designates which team is the home team, and one specific dugout is always the home team dugout.

The following list is the MLB breakdown for first and third base selections:

First Base

1. Atlanta Braves (N)

2. Baltimore Orioles (A)

3. Boston RedSox (A)

4. Cincinnati Reds (N)

5. Colorado Rockies (N)

6. Houston Astros (A)

7. Kansas City Royals (A)

8. Milwaukee Brewers (N)

9. Minnesota Twins (A)

10. New York Mets (N)

11. New York Yankees (A)

12. Philadelphia Philies (N)

13. San Diego Padres (N)

14. Seattle Mariners (A)

15. St. Louis Cardinals (N)

16. Tampa Bay Rays (A)

17. Texas Rangers (A)

18. Washington Nationals (N)


Third Base

1. Az Diamondbacks (N)

2. Chicago Cubs (N)

3. Chicago WhiteSox (A)

4. Cleveland Indians (A)

5. Detroit Tigers (A)

6. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (A)

7. Los Angeles Dodgers (N)

8. Miami Marlins (N)

9. Oakland Athletics (A)

10. Pittsburgh Pirates (N)

11. San Francisco Giants (N)

12. Toronto Blue jays (A)


Yours in baseball,

Rick

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Jun 07, 2017
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yankees NEW
by: Anonymous

Yankees are number 11 on first base list

May 07, 2017
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Cubs/third base dugout
by: Richard

I'm glad I checked in. Watching the Cubs-Yanks series at Wrigley, noting the Cubs' dugout behind third. (Figure that's why I sat in grandstand behind third; most games I attended was in '45, as I remember!) Until I read your blog, I've been thinking the Cubs were unusual in their choice of dugout. I sure learned something!

May 07, 2017
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Updated
by: Rick, theoleballgame

Thank you for your comment.

The Astros have been moved to the first base dugout.


Yours in baseball,

Rick

May 05, 2017
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Astros list wrong
by: Anonymous

Wrong - your third base list shows the Astros using third base dugout which is wrong. Astros use the first base for home team.

Apr 25, 2017
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Very good host
by: Anonymous

This is a very well-put-together post good informative and simple. Thank you. Thank you for not complicating black people do

Aug 31, 2016
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outdated but fairly helpful.
by: Anonymous

This must be a few years old, it has the Astros in the NL.

Aug 22, 2016
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O's third base
by: Anonymous

Orioles on third base side not first base side.

Aug 03, 2016
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Home team dugout
by: Anonymous

NY Yankees also use first base as their home dugout

Jun 21, 2016
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left out team
by: Richard

Missing the New York Yankees. They use the first base side dugout. and that makes 30 teams.

Jun 04, 2016
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30 mlb teams ?????
by: Anonymous

maybe i missed something but once upon a time 12+17 equaled 29

May 13, 2016
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Yankees
by: Jorgemonza

I'm happy to see they were left off the list. Their new ball park is an overpriced morgue. No home feild advantage. Love it! Go Sox!!

May 09, 2016
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Yankees and First Base Dugout
by: Rick

Anonymous: Thank you for your comment on this post, regarding which dugout the Yankees use at home.

I was pretty sure with my information; just went to the Yankees Facebook Page and their cover photo is a shot of the Yankees lined up on the first base line for the National Anthem.

They are in pin stripes, so that would put them at home, first base side.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

Apr 05, 2016
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1st/3rd
by: Monty

Does it maybe have something to do with sun? Or wind? Relative to the orientation of the stadium...

Just guessing

Apr 05, 2016
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3rd base
by: Anonymous

Sorry Rick.
your wrong, first of all Mr Baseball you left the Yankees off your list, of which I could care less. But there dug-out is on the 3rd base side.

Jan 31, 2016
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My mistake
by: Rick, theoleballgame

Yankees use the first base dugout.

In an ALCS game one year, not sure which one, there was a camera shot from the third base dugout, as a pitch was being delivered.

It captured Derek Jeter in the on deck circle, first base side. As the pitch was delivered, Jeter was set up, timing the pitch. the pitch ended up high and tight, causing the batter to drop flat on his back to avoid being hit.

The camera caught Jeter, in the on deck circle, dropping just as the hitter did.

I have never seen that level of concentration in an on deck circle, before, or since that day. Special indeed!!

Jan 29, 2016
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yanks
by: Anonymous

no yanks?

Jan 12, 2016
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Thanks Rick !
by: Go Giants

THANKS RICK. I'M trying to visit as many parks as possible.

Sep 18, 2012
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You are correct
by: Rick (theoleballgame

You are correct, I whiffed on that one. The Yankees use the first base dugout.

I had watched a ALCS series game one year where they had a camera shot from the third base dugout, through home plate to the Yankees dugout.

Jeter was in the on deck circle, timing the pitchers deliveries to the hitter.

Pitcher threw a ball up and in, which put the Yankee hitter on the ground. The camera shot on replay showed Jeter stride to time the pitch and was so locked in, that he dropped on the ground also. Most amazing example of pure focus I can remember seeing.

That is what makes him who he is!

Yours in baseball,

Rick

Sep 18, 2012
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Yankees?
by: Anonymous

Where are the Yankees on your list?

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