Who backs up first on a ground ball to second?
Anonymous asked: Who backs up first on a ground ball to second? Question about fielding.
Rick answered: Thank you for your question.
With no runners on, or a runner at first base, the catcher has the backup responsibilities for all ground balls in the infield.
When the ball is hit, the catcher runs at an angle that heads them towards the fence behind first base, the angle varies based on where the throw is coming from.
On ground balls hit to third base or shortstop, the right fielder will also be headed that direction, if there is no runner on first. If there is a runner on first, and the possibility of a throw to second base, the right fielder backs up that possible throw.
Yours in baseball,