Mi asked in SportsBaseball · 1 month ago

What does it mean? "If a foul ball is hit behind third base it's the shortstop's play."?

"If a foul ball is hit behind third base it's the shortstop's play."

This is a quote from Peanuts.

And I don't know anything about baseball rules so this is quite hard to understand.

1. A shortstop has to catch a foul ball flying toward the third base.

2. A foul ball dropped behind the third base is a shortstop's fault.

Could you explain what it means?

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  • 1 month ago

    Not at all a rule.  Just a generally accepted way of doing things.  It means that for the other fielders, they recognize that such a foul ball should be ceded to the SS if they have a play on the ball.

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  • 1 month ago

    The shortstop, presumably, has a better angle on foul popups behind 3rd base. But he also has farther to run so in some cases the 3rd baseman should make the play.

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  • 1 month ago

    Baseball is a situational sport. There's no right or wrong answer. It depends on the situation and where the ball is hit.

    Normally, the third baseman PLAYS behind third base unless he is holding a runner on third base. A short pop foul hit behind third base would be an easy play for the third baseman. A little deeper and the play would be easier for someone running laterally (side to side) - the shortstop -  instead of backpedaling, or turning away from home plate and trying to make the catch looking behind you - the third baseman.  A deeper foul and the easier play might be for the left fielder coming in.

    If the third baseman is holding a runner and he has the easiest play, the pitcher can always cover the base and the runner so he can play the ball.

    This would apply equally to balls hit in fair territory.

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  • 1 month ago

    It's an easier play for the shortstop to come across and back a bit for that type of ball than it is for the third baseman to go straight back.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The short-stop is the position of a defense player who is responsible for fielding balls between second and third base. Saying it's the short-stop's play means it's the short-stop's job to go fetch that ball. One might think it should be the third-baseman's job because the third-baseman is closer, but it's not because the third-basemen has to remain at third base to guard it from an offense player who might try to run to it.

    If you don't understand that, then give up because nobody's going to be able to explain the entire game of baseball to you. If you want to understand baseball, buy a book on baseball.

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    • David
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      Well, there IS a possibility for a person to tag up from second when a ball is caught in foul territory, but it would be highly unusual.

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