In this tutorial, we will learn what being on defense means.
On Defense (Fielding)
The team that is pitching and fielding the baseball is on defense. They cannot score runs while on defense, they can only prevent the opposing team from scoring. Mainly, the pitcher and the catcher try to get batters out at home plate, while the infielders and outfielders try to get baserunners out as they advance the bases.
Goals While On Defense
- prevent the batters from becoming a baserunner through strike outs, tag outs, throw outs, or catches
- prevent baserunners from advancing the bases through force outs or throw outs
While on defense, a team accomplishes these goals by throwing tricky, difficult-to-hit pitches and by fielding the baseball accurately and swiftly. Fielding the baseball refers to any act of getting hold of the baseball and throwing it to another defensive player to try to get a baserunner out.