Drill your base runners on rounding first base
with a purpose.
If the first baseman stays on the infield side of first base
or jumps high in line with the base and comes back down on top of the base, the runner must continue to run through the base.
This will allow the hitter to start leaning toward first base
just before or just as the ball is bunted.
If, for example, a left-handed pitcher looks to the plate on his leg kick whenever he is going to throw to first base
, this becomes crucial information for the baserunner in avoiding pickoffs and getting good jumps to second base.
The first-base coach's critical job is to help the hitter find the baseball and guide him to first base
Erstad played first base
for the Angels the past two season, winning a Gold Glove in 2004 before he was switched to center field this season to make room for Casey Kotchman.
Any good-sized space in foul territory or a practice area can be used by the relief pitchers and non-starting pitchers to work on pickoff moves, fielding bunts, covering first base
, and other defensive skills.
Kendrick, who is learning on the job at first base
, tried to make a backhand scoop of Cabrera's throw.
Kent hadn't played first base
this season but played 14 games there last season and 107 in his career.
ANAHEIM -- The last Angels player to reinvent himself at first base
likes what he sees in the most current project, Howie Kendrick.
Because of the second-baseman's break to cover the steal, he won't be able to cover first base
or will be late getting there.
Say Shea: The Dodgers were believed to have expressed preliminary interest in acquiring infielder Shea Hillenbrand, who was picked up by San Francisco late Friday night to play first base
after being designated for assignment by the Blue Jays following an altercation with manager John Gibbons.
But I had only one pitch, my slider, that was good to the first base
That left Garciaparra standing 15 feet from first base
as the Arizona pitcher crossed the bag with his third hit of the game.
On all balls hit to the right side of the infield, the pitcher must immediately break for first base