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Encyclopedia > First baseman
The position of the first baseman
The position of the first baseman
First base redirects here. For other uses, see First base (disambiguation).

First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a baserunner in order to score a run for that player's team. A first baseman is the player on the team playing defense who fields the area nearest first base, and covers most plays made at that base. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the first baseman is assigned the number 3. File links The following pages link to this file: First baseman Categories: GFDL images ... File links The following pages link to this file: First baseman Categories: GFDL images ... First base can mean: First baseman in baseball Sexual slang for kissing on a date, particularly French kissing. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... In baseball, baserunning is the act of running around the bases performed by members of the team at bat. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... There are 9 fielding positions in baseball. ...

Sean Casey, former first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds tries unsuccessfully to keep his foot on the base while receiving a throw from an infielder

Also called 1B, first base, first sacker or cornerman, the first baseman is ideally a tall player with good flexibility. The flexibility is needed for two main reasons. The first baseman receives throws from other infielders, the catcher and the pitcher after they have fielded ground balls. Because he must keep one foot on the base in order for the runner to be called out, he must be able to stretch to the ball before the runner gets to the base on close plays. Also, first base is often referred to as "the other hot corner"—the "hot corner" being third base—and he must have reflexes to field the hardest hit balls down the foul line, mainly by left-handed batters. Baseball, First baseman, 2004, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Baseball, First baseman, 2004, by Rick Dikeman File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The batter runs to first base. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The position of the third baseman Third base redirects here. ...


Players who throw left-handed are preferred at this position because after catching a batted ball, or a ball thrown by the catcher or pitcher, they do not have to turn before throwing the ball to another base. As a rule this is not a reason to keep a weak-hitting first baseman; the defensive differences between first basemen are less significant than batting ability. It does, however, encourage the use of good-hitting lefthanders at first base, because the only other spots available to them are the three outfield positions.


When there is no runner on first base, the first baseman usually stands behind first base, about 10 feet off the foul line. When there is a runner on first base, the first baseman may stand in front of the base to prepare for a pickoff attempt. In a fielding play, the first baseman generally stands with his off-glove foot touching the base, and then stretches toward the throw. This stretch is to decrease the amount of time it takes the throw to get to first, and encourage the umpire to call close plays in favor of the fielding team. The first baseman may have the responsibility of cutting off errant throws from the outfield to home plate. However, the first baseman only cuts throws from right field and center field, while throws from left field are cut by the third baseman. The first baseman's mitt is elongated, has a wide webbing, and no individual fingers. This design makes it efficient at trapping errant throws, particularly those which bounce (also known as "short-hops"). Pickoff attempt on runner (in red) at first base A pickoff is an act by a pitcher, throwing a live ball to a fielder so that the fielder would tag out a baserunner who is either leading off or about to begin stealing the next base. ... Glove front (top) shows catching surface with baseball bat. ...


Because the nature of play at first base often requires first baseman to stay close to the bag to hold runners in place or to reach the bag before the batter, first baseman are not typically expected to have the speed, agility, and quickness required of infielders and outfielders. As a result, first base is (with the exception of the designated hitter) the easiest position on the baseball diamond to fill, a notion further evidenced by the fact that many players will move to first base later in their careers, as their range and athleticism decline. Due to this relative abundance of players at the position, and because first basemen are often among the taller players on a team, they are almost universally expected to be among their teams' stronger hitters. Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ...


Aside from being in position to catch the ball and touch first base (usually with their feet) on a throw from another infielder, the pitcher or the catcher on a ground ball and to catch fair and foul balls hit into their general area, first basemen typically charge bunted balls hit near the first-base line, in which case they ordinarily throw to the second baseman who covers first base or more rarely to the some other base to complete a fielder's choice play on a botched bunt. First basemen are often involved in rundown plays involving pick-offs and stolen base attempts.


Good defensive first basemen, according to Bill James, are capable of playing off first base so that they can field ground balls hit to the fair side of first base. The first baseman then relies upon the pitcher to run to first base to receive the ball to complete the out. Another rare play involving the first baseman is the so-called 3-6-3 double play in which the first baseman fields the ball, throws to second, where the shortstop catches the ball to make the first out and then throws back to the first baseman who reaches first base in time to tag first base before the batter-runner reaches first base. If the pitcher reaches first base and completes the double play it is a 3-6-1 double play of similar value. Far more frequent than any double play that a first baseman starts is a fielder's choice play, typically resulting from a throw to the shortstop (less frequently the second baseman) at second base. Fielders' choice plays by the first baseman rarely are made to home plate and almost never to third base. George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949 in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian and statistician whose work has been widely influential. ... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ...


One obvious indicator of a good defensive first baseman is a large number of assists; another is a low total of errors by other infielders.


Hall of Fame first basemen[1]

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Anson in 1888 Adrian Constantine Cap Anson (April 11, 1852, Marshalltown, Iowa - April 14, 1922, Chicago, Illinois) was a professional baseball player in the National Association and Major League Baseball for the Rockford Forest Citys, Philadelphia Athletics, and Chicago White Stockings. ... Ernest Ernie Banks (born January 31, 1931 in Dallas, Texas) is an American former Major League baseball player who played his entire career with the Chicago Cubs (1953-1971). ... Wilver Dornel Willie Stargell (March 6, 1940 – April 9, 2001), nicknamed Pops in the later years of his career, was a professional baseball player who played his entire Major League career (1962-1982) with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an outfielder and first baseman. ... Jacob Peter Beckley (August 4, 1867 - June 25, 1918), nicknamed Eagle Eye, was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century. ... James Leroy Bottomley (April 23, 1900 - December 11, 1959), nicknamed Sunny Jim, was a left-handed Major League Baseball player. ... Dan Brouthers on an 1888 Goodwin & Company baseball card (Goodwin Champions (N162)). Dennis Joseph Brouthers (May 8, 1858 - August 2, 1932) was a pre-1900 era Major League Baseball player. ... Image:Orlando cepeda 59topps-390. ... Frank Chance baseball card, 1909-11 Frank Leroy Chance (September 9, 1877 - September 15, 1924) was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century. ... Roger Connor baseball card, 1887 Roger Connor (July 1, 1857 - January 4, 1931) was a 19th century Major League Baseball player. ... Jimmie Foxx on the cover of Time in 1929 James Emory Foxx (October 22, 1907 – July 21, 1967) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who was, up until Mark McGwires glory days in the late 1990s, the most prolific right-handed power hitter to ever play... Henry Louis (Lou) Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), born Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig, was an American baseball player in the first half of the twentieth century. ... This article is about the baseball player. ... George Lucas Kelly (September 10, 1895 - October 13, 1984), nicknamed Highpockets, was a Major League Baseball player known for his solid all-round hitting and slick fielding at first base. ... Harmon Clayton Killebrew (born June 29, 1936 in Payette, Idaho) is a former Major League Baseball player and member of the Hall of Fame. ... Walter Buck Leonard was born on September 8, 1907 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA. At the age of 14 he left school for the simple reason that no high school education was available for Blacks in his hometown. ... Willie Lee McCovey (born January 10, 1938 in Mobile, Alabama), nicknamed Big Mac and Stretch, is a former slugger and first baseman who played Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics between 1959 and 1980. ... Johnny Mize (January 7, 1913 - June 2, 1993) was a baseball player who was a first baseman for the St. ... Eddie Clarence Murray (born February 24, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman who was known as one of the most reliable and productive hitters of his era, earning the nickname Steady Eddie. Murray is regarded as one of the best switch hitters ever... Atanasio Pérez Rigal, better known as Tony Pérez (born May 14, 1942 in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba), is a former player in Major League Baseball. ... George Sisler Michael Allen Sisler (March 24, 1893 - March 26, 1973), nicknamed Gorgeous George, was an American star in Major League Baseball, and one of the greatest fielding first basemen of all time. ... George Mule Suttles (born March 2, 1901 in Brockton, Louisiana - died 1968 in Newark, New Jersey) was an American Negro League baseball player who played first base and outfield. ... Ben Taylor can refer to different people: Ben Taylor, the Negro League baseball player. ... William Harold Terry (October 30, 1898 _ January 9, 1989) was a Major League Baseball first baseman and manager. ...

Other notable first basemen

     


NOTES: Bold indicates a currently active player. Italics indicates first basemens became the team's Designated Hitter. Joseph Wilbur Adcock (October 30, 1927 - May 3, 1999) was a Major League Baseball first baseman/outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the Cincinnati Reds (1950-52), Boston & Milwaukee Braves (1953-62), Cleveland Indians (1963), and Los Angeles & California Angels (1964-66). ... Harry Agganis - Topps baseball card - 1955 Series, #152 Aristotle George (Harry) Agganis (April 20, 1929 - June 27, 1955) nicknamed The Golden Greek, was an American athletic star in two sports. ... Jeffrey Robert Bagwell (born May 27, 1968) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, who spent his entire major league baseball career with the Houston Astros. ... William Joseph Bill Buckner (born December 14, 1949 in Vallejo, California, USA) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, California Angels and Kansas City Royals. ... The batter runs to first base. ... Norman Dalton Cash (November 10, 1934 - October 12, 1986) was a Major League Baseball first baseman and left-handed batter who played for the Chicago White Sox (1958-1959) and Detroit Tigers (1960-1974). ... Hal Chase, of the Chicago White Sox, at Comiskey Park. ... William Nuschler Clark, Jr. ... Joseph Edward Joe Collins (December 3, 1922 - August 30, 1989) (born Joseph Edward Kollonige) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Carlos Juan Delgado Hernández (born June 25, 1972 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the New York Mets. ... Adam Troy Dunn (November 9th,1979 in Houston, Texas), is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. ... Darin Charles Erstad (born June 4, 1974 in Jamestown, North Dakota) is a first baseman/center fielder in Major League Baseball who has played his entire career for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise (1996-2006). ... Prince Semien Fielder (b. ... Julio César Robles Franco (born August 23, 1958 in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball player with the New York Mets. ... Andrés José Padovani Galarraga [gal-lar-RAH-ga] (born June 18, 1961 in Caracas, Venezuela) was a Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the Montreal Expos, St. ... Anthony Nomar Garciaparra (born July 23, 1973, in Whittier, California) is an American baseball player of Mexican descent who currently plays first base for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Ryan F. Garko (born January 2, 1981 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a first baseman for the Cleveland Indians. ... Steven Patrick Garvey (born December 22, 1948) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, and current Southern California businessman. ... Jason Giambi (born January 8, 1971) is a Major League Baseball Player and designated hitter for the New York Yankees. ... Mark Eugene Grace (born June 28, 1964 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) was a professional Major League Baseball player for 16 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks. ... Todd Lynn Helton (born August 20, 1973 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is a Major League Baseball first baseman who has played for the Colorado Rockies since the 1997 season. ... Keith Hernandez (born October 20, 1953 in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, who played for the St. ... Gil Hodges (April 4, 1924 - April 2, 1972) was an American baseball player in Major League Baseball. ... Kent Hrbek (aka Herbie) (born May 21, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a former American Major League Baseball player. ... Joseph Ignatius (Joe) Judge (May 25, 1894 - March 11, 1963) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Theodore Bernard Ted Kluszewski (September 10, 1924 - March 29, 1988), nicknamed Big Klu, was a slugging first baseman who played in Major League Baseball between 1947 and 1961. ... Paul Henry Konerko (born March 5, 1976 in Providence, Rhode Island) is a first baseman in Major League Baseball with the Chicago White Sox. ... Derrek Leon Lee (born September 6, 1975 in Sacramento, California) is a first baseman in Major League Baseball who plays for the Chicago Cubs since 2004. ... Constantino Tino Martinez (born December 7, 1967 in Tampa, Florida) is a retired first baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Donald Arthur Mattingly (nicknamed Donnie Baseball and The Hit Man) (born April 20, 1961) is a retired first baseman who played for the New York Yankees of the American League from 1982-1995. ... Frederick Stanley Crime Dog McGriff (born October 31, 1963 in Tampa, Florida) is a left-handed Major League Baseball player who has starred for several teams since the mid-1980s, including the Toronto Blue Jays. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Douglas Andrew Mientkiewicz [mint-KAY-vich] (born June 19, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio) is a first baseman for the New York Yankees. ... Justin Ernest George Morneau (born on May 15, 1981 in New Westminster, British Columbia) is a Major League Baseball player. ... John Garrett Olerud (born August 5, 1968 in Seattle, Washington) is a retired American first baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Lyle Stefan Overbay (born January 28, 1977 in Centralia, Washington) is a Major League Baseball first baseman who currently plays for the Toronto Blue Jays and has a career batting average of . ... Rafael Palmeiro Corrales (born September 24, 1964 in Havana, Cuba) is a Major League Baseball player, with a career spanning almost 20 years. ... Joseph Anthony Pepitone (born October 9, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and outfielder for the New York Yankees (1962-1969), Houston Astros (1970), Chicago Cubs (1970-1973) and the Atlanta Braves (1973). ... William Lance Berkman (born February 10, 1976 in Waco, Texas) is a Major League Baseball player for the Houston Astros. ... John Wesley Powell (born August 17, 1941 in Lakeland, Florida) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Baltimore Orioles (1961-74), Cleveland Indians (1975-76) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1977). ... José Alberto Pujols (Pronounced by himself and the media as POOH-holes, IPA: //, (born January 16, 1980, in Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball player with the St. ... Christopher Bob Shelton (born June 26, 1980 in Salt Lake City, Utah), is a Major League Baseball first baseman who plays for the Detroit Tigers. ... William Joseph Moose Skowron Jr. ... Jack Thomas J.T. Snow, Jr. ... Mark Charles Teixeira [Tuh-SHARE-uh] (born April 11, 1980 in Severna Park, Maryland) is a Major League Baseball player with the Texas Rangers. ... Frank Edward Thomas (born May 27, 1968 in Columbus, Georgia) is an American Major League Baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays, nicknamed The Big Hurt or Frankie T. Frank Thomas became one of baseballs biggest stars in the 1990s, playing for the Chicago White Sox. ... James Howard Jim Thome [TOE-mee] (born August 27, 1970 in Peoria, Illinois) is a Major League Baseball player who currently plays for the Chicago White Sox. ... Ryan James Howard (born November 19, 1979 in St. ... Kevin Edmund Youkilis (born March 15, 1979, in Cincinnati, Ohio), nicknamed by Red Sox fans as Youk, is an American first baseman and right-handed batter who plays for the Boston Red Sox. ... Sidney Eugene Sid Bream (born August 3, 1960 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania) is an American former Major League Baseball player. ... Jeff Smith can refer to: Jeff Smith, TV chef. ... David Adam LaRoche (born November 6, 1979 in Orange County, California), is a Major League Baseball player. ... Phillip Joseph Phil Nevin (born January 19, 1971 in Fullerton, California) is a former Major League Baseball player. ...

Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12, 42 Name Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–present) Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) none Division titles (0) none Wild card berths (0) None... Hee-Seop Choi (March 19, 1979 in Hwasun, South Korea) is a professional baseball player who plays for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays of Major League Baseball. ... Casey John Kotchman (born February 22, 1983 in St. ... The younger brother of former third basemen Tom Quinlan, Robb was a standout at the University of Minnesota. ... The position of the third baseman Third base redirects here. ... The position of the left fielder A left fielder, abbreviated LF, is an outfielder in the sport of baseball who plays defense in left field. ... The position of the right fielder A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in right field (e. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... The position of the left fielder A left fielder, abbreviated LF, is an outfielder in the sport of baseball who plays defense in left field. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/lists/pos&1B.htm
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bankser01.shtml

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First baseman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (791 words)
First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a baserunner in order to score a run for that player's team.
Because the nature of play at first base often requires first baseman to stay close to the bag to hold runners in place or to reach the bag before the batter, first baseman are not typically expected to have the speed, agility, and quickness required of infielders and outfielders.
As a result, first base is (with the exception of the designated hitter) the easiest position on the baseball diamond to fill, a notion further evidenced by the fact that many players will move to first base later in their careers, as their range and athleticism decline.
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