According to Major League Baseball rule 1.04, "THE PLAYING FIELD: It is preferable that the line from home base to the pitcher's plate to second base run east-northeast." The line on the ground represents this direction. Where it crosses the paths of other lines representing the third and first bases indicates where you can field a ball.
The line has two components: a white line on the ground and a white paint spot on the batter's box. When the umpire calls for a new ball, the batter's box is repainted while the field is watered in between games to make sure the line remains visible.
It's important for fans to understand that when the ball is in play, it is possible for it to go anywhere within the boundaries of the field. Even if it looks like there is no way the ball could get there, it may be able to sneak through a gap in the infield or slip past a defender. However, odds are extremely high that it will stay within the lines of the field.
According to Major League Baseball Rule 1.04, "the line from home base across the pitcher's plate to second base should run east-northeast." As a result, there is no "must." However, for solar purposes, it is advised that way. That is also where the name "southpaw" for a left-handed pitcher originated. A southpaw throws from a slightly crouched position and relies more on speed than breaking pitches.
Baseball has always been a game of contrast, and the southpaw is a perfect example of this. They are usually right-handed but throw from a crouch, so their arm does not have as much movement as a normal right-hander's. Also, they tend to go with speed rather than rely on any one pitch.
There were only a few left-handers in the early days of baseball, so most everyone threw right-handed. But by the 1920s, there were enough left-handers around that the rule was changed to allow both right- and left-handers to compete equally against each other.
Today, most major league stadiums have their playing fields aligned with the sun. This is important because when sunlight hits the field during games, it can lead to photochemical smog which can cause serious health problems. The main reason why baseball fields are aligned with the sun is so that there will be less need for time off during games.
The direction the ball travels is northeast to southwest, so a righty throws from the north side and a lefty from the south side. This seems to imply that all stadiums face the same direction, and that home plate is always in the southwest corner of the ballpark. Is this true for every major league park, past and present?
Orientations of MLB ballparks "It is preferable that the line from home base to second base run east-northeast via the pitcher's plate." Section 1.04 of the Official Baseball Rules The diagrams below depict the alignment of all thirty MLB ballparks.
The basic guideline is that HP is in the S-SW or NW quadrant. Home plate is usually placed to the south or south-west. Differences exist owing to the path the sun takes at various latitudes. The HP Pavilion, as well as the New York Mets, are located to the west of Marlins Park. Marlins Park is a covered stadium with a retractable roof that closes for day games.
Home plate is usually placed to the south or south-west. Differences exist owing to the path the sun takes at various latitudes. The HP Pavilion, as well as the New York Mets, are located to the west of Marlins Park. Marlins Park is a covered stadium with a retractable roof that closes for day games.
The first-base running lane in baseball is 3 feet (0.9 meters) wide. It is marked in chalk halfway between home plate and first base and extends down the first-base foul line in foul area.
The Three-Foot Line When the opposing team is at bat and no one is on base, the second baseman fields the baseline between second and third base, while the shortstop fields the baseline between second and third base. When racing from home plate to first base, a base runner is equally confined.
In the latter half (the last 45 feet) between home plate and first base, there is a three-foot-wide running lane. If you go outside this running lane when a play is being completed at home plate (for example, on a bunt), you may be thrown out for interference.
This area is reserved for runners who are eligible to advance beyond first base but who choose not to do so. It is important to remember that players can still be awarded bases on balls by batters in this area of the field. If a batter does not touch the ball while it is in this area, then he has earned a base on balls. However, if a player enters the running lane without receiving the ball and is subsequently tagged out, he will be called out.
In addition, coaches are permitted to stand in this area to discuss strategy with their players or managers during breaks in the action. They should remain within earshot of the coach's box, but cannot interfere with plays in progress. Coaches cannot enter the playing field themselves; they must communicate their instructions from inside the dugouts.
Finally, if a player suffers an injury in this area, then no further action is required. He will simply wave his hand as if to say "out" and leave the field for treatment. If there is a medical emergency requiring immediate attention, then another player may be summoned from the bench to replace him.
We educate our hitters to sprint up the first base line approximately 15 feet on a wild pitch, unless the ball kicks that way, in which case they are to back-peddle toward the backstop; either way, they are to remain clear of the catcher, the pitcher, and the ball. If the batter fails to do so, he is out.
The location where the batter goes after a wild pitch is called the "batter's box". A batter will usually start in the batter's box when he is standing in the batters' circle with his teammates. As soon as the umpire calls "wild pitch", all runners should begin their retreat to first base immediately.
A wild pitch is any pitch thrown by a baseball or softball player who has not completed his or her motion into the pitch. This can happen for many reasons, such as the pitcher being distracted by something outside the ball, himself, or herself. Sometimes a pitcher may try to throw a different type of pitch than what he or she intended. For example, a pitcher may try to throw a curveball when only a straight fastball was needed. Or, a pitcher may just lose control of the ball completely for some reason.
Since a wild pitch results in everyone running away from home plate, there is no need for an actual batter-runner to be involved in this scenario.