asked New York Yankees First Baseman Tino Martinez to give you
some tips on becoming a better first baseman.
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With runners not on base, how do you field your
Basically, with nobody on base I play straight up. It
depends on who's hitting -- sometimes with a left-handed
hitter you may cheat them towards the line a little bit, and
if it's a right-handed batter I just play straight.
With a runner on first base, how do you field your
position and how do you hold the runner?
I try to cover as much ground as I can, because the hole is
on the right side there, and I just basically try to wait
until the last second when the guy throws home and just cover
as much ground as I can.
Where do you position yourself when an outfielder is
throwing the ball to home plate and you are the cutoff
I look at home plate -- I try to line myself up so I know
when the guy throws the ball to home plate he's going to throw
right at me in a direct line -- and I try to listen to the
catcher. But you really can't hear, so you've got to look at
home plate yourself and then try to pick up the outfielder.
How do you field a pop-fly when it's really sunny out?
Do you prefer wearing sunglasses or eyeblack, and which works
Neither really works, eyeblack helps with the glare a
little bit, but I don't really put my glasses down because I
lose my depth perception of the ball, so I try to just shield
the sun with my glove.
On a double play opportunity, how do you shorten the
distance of the throw and stretch for the ball?
You can't stretch too early because if the ball is left or
right you won't catch it, so you've got to wait until the guy
releases the ball to see which way it's going, and then try to
make the longest stretch you can make in that direction.