The outfield has been a place of showmanship and skill throughout the history of baseball. Players who can get a jump on the ball, track down line drives and make powerful throws from the fence have been celebrated from the days of Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente to Ichiro Suzuki and Curtis Granderson of today.
Like any position in baseball, developing these outfielding skills requires training and discipline. Browse our outfielding center for drills, tips and lessons to help you cover more ground and make more plays from left, center and right. Check back frequently – we’re always adding and extending our outfielding articles.
Outfielding drills develop range, speed, reflexes, precision and arm strength. With so much ground to cover and being the last line of defense, you owe it to yourself and your team to develop these skills as much as possible. Make these drills part of your regular training, and make more putouts next season.
It seems so basic, so fundamental. Yet, it’s precisely these fundamentals that can make or break both ballplayers and ballgames. Learn to do it right, and do it right every time.
To nab a baserunner at 2nd, 3rd or home plate requires a quick transfer and some momentum going through the ball. Learn how to change the momentum of a line drive the moment it hits your glove.
We’ve all seen it, even in the big leagues. An outfielder misjudges the trajectory of the ball and quite simply, ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Find out how you can beat the ball before it beats you, and keep more plays in front of you.
Plays at the fence can be as exciting as they are dangerous. What isn’t normally talked about when we see a spectacular catch on ESPN, taking away a would-be homerun, is the amount of awareness it took to know exactly how much space was available to the fence, when to make the jump, how high and how to bring it in safely.
By the time the ball leaves the pitchers hand, connects with the bat and ends up in your range, baserunners can be almost anywhere depending on how high, deep, left or right the ball carried. Knowing exactly where baserunners are and where the outs are is essential in making plays from the outfield.