3-4-3 Double Play

A 3-4-3 double play, in baseball, is executed by infielders. The main players are the first baseman and the second baseman, and their goal is to force out the batter and a runner in one continuous play.

How to execute a 3-4-3 Double Play?

As the name implies, it is a play that starts with the first baseman, also known as the 3 in baseball, then goes on to the second baseman, also known as the 4, and back to the 3 to retire the batter and the runner. This is why the play is called the 3-4-3 double play.

The play is activated when the ball is hit in the direction of the first baseman. The first baseman catches the ball and he throws it immediately to the second baseman. The second baseman catches the ball; he must keep his foot on the second base to force out the runner. After this, he swiftly throws the ball back to the first baseman who is covering the first base to retire the batter.

The Role of the 3 in the Play

So much of the infield happens in the first base, making the 3 an important position of defense. In this particular double play, the first baseman’s main duties are to field the ball and to catch the ball while covering the bag which is the first base to out the batter. In this play, the first baseman exercises his good judgment to leave the bag to field the ball and pass it to the second baseman to earn the first out of the play.

The 3 must be a good catcher and fielder, and he should be skilled in covering the bag to successfully execute the play.

The Role of the 4 in the Play

The second baseman is crucial in turning the play into a successful double play as it involves a base runner on the first base. In this play, the 4 is responsible for catching the 3’s throw while covering the bag to out the base runner. The player also needs to immediately pass the ball back to the first baseman retire the batter.

The second baseman must be a good fielder. As most of the interaction of the 4 is with the first baseman, a right-handed fielder works well for the position.

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