Baseball Position Crossword Clue
Baseball position crossword clue. A crossword question on 29 May 2017
The optional answer: CENTER FIELD for 11 words, THIRD BASE for 9 letters, CATCHER for 7 letters, and SHORT STOP for 9 letters.
A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field – the baseball fielding position between left field and right field. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the center fielder is assigned the number 8.
Outfielders must cover large distances, so speed, instincts and quickness to react to the ball are key. They must be able to catch fly balls above their heads and on the run. They must be able to throw the ball accurately over a long distance to be effective. Amateur players may find it difficult to concentrate on the game, since they are so far from the action. Emphasizing the correct position will give outfield players something to concentrate on at each pitch.
As well as the requirements above, the center fielder must be the outfielder who has the best combination of speed and throwing distance. The center fielder “covers more ‘grass’ than any other player” (see photo) and, most likely, will catch the most fly balls. The position also has the greatest responsibility among the three outfielders for coordinating their play to prevent collisions when converging on a fly ball, and on plays where the center fielder doesn’t make the catch, he or she must position themselves behind the corner outfielder as backup.