45) that a line drive off the bat will arrive at a base runner 10 feet off third base (assuming the planes are identical).
The key when leading off third base is: Watch the pitch into the contact zone and then watch it come off the bat.
So why are coaches still teaching their runners to lead off third base in foul territory?
If the catcher and the pitcher both fail to cover third, the runner, if he has had a good jump and picked up momentum around second base, should have an easy slide into third base.
The tradeoff is simple but advantageous for the offense: Give up an out for a runner at third base.
The runner (at second) should be able to beat the shortstop to third base.
Izturis started at third again Friday, but Little said he might start Izturis at shortstop -- his natural position -- today to make room in the lineup for Olmedo Saenz at third base
2) In his first game at third base
, the Dodgers' Cesar Izturis fielded all eight of his chances cleanly.
But that would leave Ramon Martinez and Olmedo Saenz -- two of the club's most dependable reserves whom Little doesn't like to start because he feels he needs them on his bench -- as the only possibilities at third base
Missing the ball was a physical error but the guy (Crawford) should have never ended up at third base
It looked like he was going to go to third base on a sinking ball hit by Garret Anderson, but Adrian Brown made a diving catch in right field, got up and just barely threw out Guerrero at first to complete the double play.
Izturis, who ran for Kotchman, scampered to third base on the play but on the relay back to the infield, the ball got away from the Rangers' DeAngelo Jimenez.