We've already learned about the major lines, dimensions, and components on a baseball field. Now, let's finish off this chapter with a discussion of some of the locations on a baseball field you may hear about.
There are two (2) main locations on a baseball field that you should know:
Within these general areas are more specific areas, including:
The infield consists of the dirt area containing home plate and the three bases (1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base), the grass within this dirt area, and the pitcher's mound. Defensive players whose positions are located within the infield are the pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, and shortstop. We will learn more about these positions in future chapters.
The outfield is the grassy area beyond the infield. If you were to divide the outfield approximately into thirds, the left portion would be left field, the middle portion would be center field, and the right portion would be right field. Defensive players whose positions are located within the outfield are the left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder. We will learn more about these positions in future chapters.
No Man's Land
Despite the presence of so many defensive players, there are still areas of the field that cannot quickly be reached by a fielder/defensive player. This area is typically in the part of the outfield that is shallow, or closer to the infield. It is in between the outfielders and the infielders (first baseman, second baseman, and third baseman and shortstop). Baseballs hit in no man's land are typically hits. We will learn more about hits in future chapters. No man's land might also refer to the area of the infield between the pitcher's mound and home plate.