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Discussion: outfielder placement

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April 7, 2008
pete88
Men's 50
46 posts
outfielder placement
Where would you typically place your strongest outfielder? Considering speed, glove and arm strength.
April 7, 2008
Sisavic
134 posts
It depends upon the age and maybe skill division.

My experience: younger and more powerful players will tend to pull the ball or hit towards center. So, for these situations, I'd put my better fielders in LF/LCF (more righties vs. lefties).

Older (65+) players tend to hit to the opposite fields, so I'd put my better fielders in this order: RCF, LCF, LF/RF.

In all cases I'd put my better outfileders in LCF/RCF vs. LF/RF.

I'm interested in what others believe.
April 7, 2008
Gary Heifner
248 posts
My philosophy has always been if you have a shortstop and a left center fielder, you have a team.
April 7, 2008
Enviro-Vac
Men's 60
391 posts
Best OF goes to the busiest field. Scout the teams you will play in a tournament and you will have the answer. If you don't feel like scouting LC is as good a choice as any
April 8, 2008
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
I agree with Sisavic about LCF/RCF. They most of the time have the most area to cover.

It also depends on your pitcher. When I am pitching I want my best outfielder in LCF as I have a tendency to have balls hit mostly to the left side of field.
April 8, 2008
DMac
Men's 60
185 posts
A lot of people believe you should put your best arm in right field.
April 9, 2008
Jawood
Men's 50
788 posts
Best arm in right? Yes, if you are playing baseball. You are not supposed to chase runners going to third in softball. Just hit the cutoff man and keep the double play in order.
April 10, 2008
Ken
Men's 55
462 posts
Thatís not etched in stone. If the right fielder has a good arm, the play should be the same as baseball. You have to pick your spots and the shortstop or pitcher (depending on how your team plays it) has to be ready to cut the throw to make a play on the runner going into second. If your right fielder has a gun, let him shoot it once in a while to keep the runners honest.
April 14, 2008
bashbro1
Men's 60
266 posts
I would say a Cather with great hands and an exceptional arm is what makes a great senior softball team, along with of course a great P, SS, and LCF.

Bashbro1 (W.E. Ruth 60's position: CATCHER)
April 14, 2008
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
Gary H,
That's what I think, too.
SS the most important spot in the infield and
left center, in the outfield.
Then second base, then RCF.
If/as the pitcher can field well
then the middle is well fortified.
However,
as I have seen countless times in higher level play
good teams will find the weak link in the infield or outfield
and they will get all the meaningful balls.

Meaningful balls.
Now there's a topic worthy of some discussion.

Hey Bash.
See you in Reno.
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