Cuts and Relays
Definition of Cuts
A regular base hit to the outfield with runners on base will have the ball thrown to a cut man on the infield.
Definition of Relays
An extra base hit past the outfielders will have the ball thrown to a relay tandem of 2 infield position players (no more than 10 feet apart) who will make the throw back to the infield.
Baseball Cuts and Scenarios
The ball will be cut by the infielder in one of two possible situations:
- The ball is on time but off line, or
- the ball is not on time
Base Hit to Right Field with Runner on First
Steve Nicollerat discusses Cuts when ball is hit to Right Field with a runner on 1B.
Base Hit to Right Field with Runner on Second
Steve Nicollerat discusses Cuts when ball is hit to Right Field with a runner on 2B.
Base Hit to Right Field with Runners on First and Second
Steve Nicollerat discusses how to teach cuts with men on 2nd and 1st base when ball is hit to right field.
Base Hit to Center Field w/ runner at 1B base
Steve Nicollerat breaks down what to do on Cuts when the ball is Hit to Center Field.
Base Hit to Center Field w/ runners on 2nd and 1st base
Steve Nicollerat discusses how to teach cuts with men on 2nd and 1st base when ball is hit to centerfield.
Base Hit to Left-Center Field w/ runner on 1st base
Steve Nicollerat teaches how to coach cuts hit to left-center field man on 1st base.
Base Hit to Left Field w/ runner on 2nd base
Steve Nicollerat discusses how coaches should teach cuts when man is on 2nd base when ball is hit to left field.
Base Hit to Left Field w/ runners on 2nd and 1st base
Steve Nicollerat discusses how to teach cuts with men on 2nd and 1st base when ball is hit to left field.
Baseball Relays and Scenarios
When a ball is hit to the wall and it becomes a relay situation, no matter what the situation with base runners, the defense can plan for only 2 possibilities—nobody on or a man on first. Note: Runners on 2b or 3b in this situation will score without a play, so we don’t worry about them.
No base runners:
We know the runner will have at least a double. If the ball is hit to center or left the SS goes out and the Second Baseman will trail him by about 12 feet.
The outfielder will try to relay the ball back to the SS. If the throw from the outfielder is low or too high, the SS will let the ball go to the 2nd Baseman for an easier handle.
The infielder who catches the ball will make a throw to either 3b or home depending on the runner and the catcher’s call.
The 1st Baseman will trail the batter runner into 2b and position himself on the 3b side.
If the batter runner goes too far to 3b and decides to come back to 2b the relay man could throw behind the runner to the first baseman covering 2b.
Base runner on first:
Then we assume our first play would be on that runner trying to score. The middle infielders go out and assume relay positions, the first baseman would become a cut man being lined up by the catcher in line with the ball in the outfield, thru the relay men to home. The first basemen then communicates and lines up the middle infielders.
The outfielder not in the play would hustle in and cover 2b to keep the batter runner from going to 3b and then trying to come back to 2b.
The pitcher backs up either 3b (nobody on), or goes half way between 3b and home with a runner on 1b. The pitcher would then see where the relay throw is going and hustle to back up that throw. The pitcher should be back as far as he can get when he backs up.
Note—on extra base hits to right field the 2b is the front man and the SS would be the trailer about 12 feet behind the second baseman. It is always the job of the trailer to be the eyes and brains of the front guy constantly looking back at runner and then finding ball and determining where the front guy should be throwing the ball. The trailer should be constantly talking to the front man.