By Derek Rosenfeld
Playing the infield
- I get in front of the ball.
- My glove is to the ground, wrist up.
- My knees are bent.
- My rear end is down.
- I am on the balls of my feet.
- I use two hands while bringing the ball into my gut.
Anticipate all of these things, and you will be prepared to perform in each and every one of these situations. These are the little, unseen methods that will complete your all-around game. Simply put, if you are not prepared mentally, your body will not react physically.
Derek Rosenfeld is an associate editor for Fire Engineering. He is beginning his sixth season as the assistant baseball coach at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He is also an infielder for the semipro North Haledon (NJ) Reds. During the mid-90s, Rosenfeld was a three-year starter at second base for the Ramapo College baseball team in Mahwah, New Jersey, where he earned all-New Jersey Athletic Conference honors and was a two-time New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) all-star selection. He was named MVP of the 1997 NJCBA All-Star Game. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ramapo College.