When a ball is hit against the wall and a lengthy throw to a base is required in baseball, double cuts are required. When two infielders go out to cut the ball and relay (throw) it to a base, it is called a double cut. The primary cutoff man, or lead cutoff man, will be one of the infielders. The other must be from behind the bag, where he can see the play. He is known as the back-up cutter.
The term "cut" comes from the days when balls were made from leather, which could only be cut so much before being ruined. Two men would be assigned to each base, with one playing defense and the other running on the field to receive the ball. If a ball was hit toward any part of the field, both men had to run it to a first-base bag or an outfield fence before another player could reach it.
In modern baseball, double plays are usually executed by a single player who is able to cover both second base and first base. However, if this cannot be done cleanly with the available players, then others will be used for cutoff men. These are usually the third baseman on unoccupied bases, but may also be a second baseman or a shortstop if there is one available. Their job is to get to the ball quickly and relay it to the appropriate fielder for an easy out.
A third baseman is expected to be able to handle all situations that a double play can produce.
When a ball is hit to the outfield and a runner seeks to advance to the next base, the cutoff is employed. This is done by any member of the team who catches the ball. The person holding the ball starts at first base and runs toward second base while the other players from both teams try to catch him. If no one succeeds within the time limit, then he or she gets credit for a double play.
The term comes from the fact that it takes two people to make a proper "cutoff" because someone has to stay put to hold the bag if the batter fails to reach first base.
In addition to doubles, runners can be thrown out at third base if the catcher chooses to use this strategy. It is important to note that a player cannot be charged with a throwing error if he fails to turn and tag up on his attempt to throw out a runner.
There are several factors that go into deciding how far to throw down an infielder. These include the speed of the runner, the distance between the pitcher's mound and third base, and whether or not there is a player covering home plate.
In general, it is best to cut off runners from inside corners.
Definition A hitter receives a double when he puts the ball into play and advances to second base without the assistance of an intervening mistake or attempt to throw out another baserunner. Doubles are commonly hit into gaps, along the lines, or off the outfield wall. A triple is scored when a batter reaches third base safely with two balls and no strikes against him.
Hitting a double is an important part of baseball. It allows a player to get from first to second base while someone else gets on base. Also, it causes confusion in the opposing team's batting order because there are now three players up after one man. This gives the batter with the double an advantage because his teammates will be forced to leave their spots in the lineup and move over to center field or wherever else they may have been standing. Hitting doubles also helps a team score many runs because then there are men on base who can later score themselves or be moved over by a manager using pinch-runners or defensive substitutions.
The most common way to hit a double is by driving the ball through the box (into the gap between the left field and right field grassy areas or down the line in left field). Many middle-infielders make mistakes trying to catch these hard hits, which leads to easy outs at first base or on throws to the plate.
Twice (2B) A hitter receives a double when he puts the ball into play and advances to second base without the assistance of an intervening mistake or attempt to throw out another baserunner. A player at second base is said to have made a double play if he gets a hitters count and then works a walk or an intentional pass.
In addition, if a batter hits into what should be a force out at any other position except first, he has made two putouts. If he strikes out, however, it is not counted as an out.
A batter will often try to pull the ball in order to get a double play. This is called a "pulled-pitch" double play. On occasion, he may even try to go after a pop up with such force that he breaks for second base instead. This is called a "forced-passing-play" double play.
When a double play ends the inning, each runner who was present on the field at the time of the error will score a run. If one or both runners advance upon hitting, they will score again. If only one runs, he is considered out because there is no chance of him scoring.