PARTS OF THE PARK – Baseball Basics

Hey guys, welcome back to 90 Feet From
Home. In this week’s episode of Baseball Basics, I’m going to explain the
different parts that you will find in every baseball park. So this is all the
parts of the infield, the regulations of the outfield, and a few of the things
that you’re gonna find slightly off the field as well. If you ever hear any of
these things referred to or you see things on a baseball diamond while
you’re watching a game you’ll know a little bit more about what they are and
why they’re there. So right off the top of the episode I’m
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ado, let’s talk parts of the park. And so I’ve left this area here kind of open so
I can show you guys pictures of what everything is as we’re going along, but
in the meantime you can stare at my lovely peach-scented candle that I am
enjoying to celebrate the onset of spring, which is, I think it’ll be summer
by the time this video airs because I’m so far ahead in filming but who doesn’t
like a peach candle, man? I loves me some peaches. So that’s what you’re going to get
to see you until I show you the different parts of the park. Enjoy. Let’s
talk about the infield first. Starting around home plate you have… home plate.
Which is what they use to kind of help designate what are balls and strikes if
they’re within the kind of zone of that plate. And home plate itself is exactly
60 feet and six inches from the pitcher’s mound. So on the left hand side
and the right hand side of home plate you’re also going to have your batter’s
boxes, and these are the boxes that the batter needs to stand within when they
are taking their at-bats. If they step out during an at-bat they can get
in a lot of trouble from the umpire. If they do step out
prior to an at-bat, it puts the actual at-bat itself on hold. So that’s what
those are there for. Behind home plate is the catcher’s box and that is exactly as
it sounds: where the catcher crouches behind the plate to receive the catches
from the pitcher. And the umpire stands directly behind the catcher in that box.
A little further removed and just off to the side you’ll have two on-deck circles,
one close to either team’s dugout. And that is where the on-deck batter, or
whoever is coming up next to bat is going to take their practice swings. The
batter that is “in the hole” who is coming up after the on deck batter still
has to remain in the dugout, kind of on the dugout steps waiting for their turn.
So a little bit about baseball field dimensions. From home plate to first is
exactly 90 feet, from first to second 90 feet, from second to third 90 feet, and
from third base to home is also 90 feet. And yes that is exactly where the phrase
90 feet from home for my name came from. The idea that you are 90 feet from
getting that run, that’s kind of the whole gist of the 90 feet from home name.
They settled on that 90 feet distance because they determined it was the most
beneficial to be fair to both the offense and the defense without favoring
one over the other when it came to running the base paths. So running from
home plate to first and home plate to third and all the way down to the
outfield are your foul lines. And these lines indicate where fair territory is
on the field and if a ball rolls or is hit outside of those lines it is
considered to be a foul ball. In the outfield you’ll see it marked by large
polls in the outfield, referred to as the foul poles. And they’re usually bright
yellow or bright white so that they’re very easy to see when looking in the
outfield and ruling whether or not a play is fair or foul. So beyond the
infield bases there is a section of dirt referred to as the infield dirt, and then
beyond that is the outfield which is typically made either of real grass or
of turf. And there are very few turf stadiums remaining but they do exist. And
this disparity in outfield distances actually is where we get the idea of a
batter friendly park or a pitcher friendly park because some baseball
parks are a lot easier to get those homerun balls out over that outfield
wall because they’re quite shortened. So next to
both first and third base outside the foul lines are the coaches boxes. And
this is where your first and third base coach will stand during innings. And
they’re usually there to offer advice, to take batting gloves. The third-base coach
will tell runners when to stop or whether or not they should keep running
home so that they can just focus on running. And you’ll often see some pretty
entertaining hand signals out there. Lots of “stop” or like “go go go,” so the third-base coach is often a lot of
fun to watch for that reason. Now into the outfield, there is a warning track on
the outside of the outfield grass and there’s no set distance this has to be
but it is there so that a running outfielder can tell the difference
between the grass and that dirt so they know while they’re tracking a ball that
they are about to hit that outfield wall, and can either pull up short or just be
aware and brace themselves for that impact. That’s why the warning track is
there. And those are the major parts of the actual baseball field. Outside the
field there are a couple of other things that are consistent throughout all of
baseball. Each team will have a dugout, which is a place to store their game use
equipment, beverages, sometimes snacks. It’s also where players who are not
currently on the field will sit in between innings, where batters who are
waiting to go to the plate will stand, and any players who are not on the lineup
for that day will also wait out the game. It’s expected that all players will be
in the dugout unless they’re injured and are off the field for other reasons
related to that injury. Otherwise even if you’re not playing in a game you are
typically expected to be in that dugout. The dugout is connected directly to the
team’s clubhouse or the visitor clubhouse of an away stadium. And this is
so that if there is an injury they’re easily able to get off the field and to
the trainer’s room or if there’s any kind of a uniform mishap they’re able to
get there and kind of trade that out for a different uniform. Now speaking of the
clubhouse, the clubhouse is just a fancy term for the locker room. And this is
where they’ll keep any extra equipment, extra uniforms, all of their
personal effects will also remain here. And it’s kind of a place for them to
cool down before games, after games, and is just a very, very fancy locker room.
It’s also where you’ll typically find — especially at a home team stadium — that’s
where you’ll find the athletic trainer areas, where they can treat minor
concerns and also where you’re going to find the manager’s office all within
that general vicinity of the clubhouse. Now just off the field is the
bullpen, and there will be two of these at every stadium: one for the home team,
and one for the away team. And the bullpen is where all of your relief
pitchers and your bullpen catchers will wait during the game. And there’s
actually a direct phone line from the dugout to the bullpen, so that the
manager, or the bench coach is able to call down to the bullpen and request
specific pitchers get up and start to get warm, so that when they’re needed to
come into the game they’re already ready to go. A sort of new one is the netting.
And netting has always existed directly behind home plate, but this has been
extended in recent years so now you’ll see an almost invisible kind of mesh
netting running from the end of one dugout right around the back of home
plate all the way to the end of the other dugout. And this is in place just
to prevent any incidents of foul balls coming back into the stands or if a bat
slips out of a batter’s hands and goes flying this will also protect fans from
any kind of injury related to that. So that is all the different parts of a
baseball field. I hope you enjoyed this episode, and maybe get a better
understanding of what you’re looking at when you’re looking out over a baseball
diamond. Now the baseball diamond, of course refers to all of those 90-degree
angles creating a perfect diamond shape on the field. So thanks so much for
watching, remember to subscribe, remember to follow me leave a comment. Give it a
like and we’ll see you back next time. Have a great day. Bye!

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