Note: It is valid to say that the mistakes listed for the individual outfield positions would be true for all the outfield positions. That being said, I believe the concepts chosen are more frequently seen in the individual position being addressed.
|How left fielders handle balls hit|
to this part of the field will
separate the good from great.
|Bonds: In his prime, one of the best|
ever at keeping runners at first.
|An aggressive Ryan Braun prepares to dive for|
a shallow fly ball in left field.
Too deep with a runner on second, two outs. As stated above, many times the left fielder is not the best defensive outfielder of the three. This of course may apply to arm strength as well. Especially with two outs, many left fielders play too deep with a runner on second base. Since there are two outs, the runner on second will start running at contact and therefore has a better chance of scoring on a hit. This is why left fielders sometimes should play a little more shallow - especially if their arm strength is a bit short. The obvious risk that comes with this is that balls can be more easily hit over their head. However, with two outs, the left fielder needs to be in a better position to give himself a chance to throw out a runner at home. The score, the inning, and who is batting also play a factor so understand that it is never as clear cut a rule as it may sound.
Tomorrow: Center Field