We asked Cleveland
Indians Second Baseman Roberto Alomar
to give you some tips on becoming a better second baseman.
With runners not on base, how do you field your
Well it depends. If he's a pull hitter, I try to take two
steps to my left and I mainly play everybody almost in the
same position -- in the normal position. Maybe 10 feet away
from second base, to my left. That's where I play almost
How do you field your position on double play ground
balls to either side of the infield?
When there's a man on first and it's a double play
situation you have to play close to the base -- to avoid
injury. When you're going for a double play -- play close to
the base, get there as soon as you can and just try to avoid
when the runner could hit you.
Who decides which player will take the ball at second
base when the catcher throws down to throw out a runner?
Me and Omar (Vizquel, the shortstop), he gives me the sign.
With an open mouth, that means that I got it, with a closed
mouth that means that he's got it. That's the easiest way we
Who decides which player will catch the ball if it is
popped up near second base or short centerfield?
Whoever calls the ball is the one who's supposed to catch
it. Anytime you have a ball behind second base, whoever calls
the ball is the one who's going to catch it.
Where do you position yourself on the field when the
ball is hit to centerfield, rightfield or leftfield?
If there's a man on second, the second baseman goes all the
way to first base. First base makes the cutoff man just in
case the first baseman cuts the ball, you can get the guy in a
rundown from first to second. Other times with men on second
and third -- when they hit the ball to centerfield or
rightfield, the second baseman has to go to first base. Then
if the ball is hit to leftfield, the second baseman goes to