By colin99 •  Updated: 10/02/14 •  3 min read

by June Thrash
(SouthLake,TEXAS USA)

What does it mean when the announcer says the team makes a 4-6-3 double play?


Thanks for the question June.

When a baseball announcer says that the defense just turned a 4-6-3 double play, he is referring to the numbering system for defensive baseball players. Each defensive position has a number that they are referred by. Below are the positions on a baseball field and it’s corresponding position #:

When a team turns a 4-6-3 double play, that means the 2nd baseman (#4) fielded a ground ball and then threw it to the shortstop (#6) at 2nd base for the 1st out and the shortstop then through to the 1st baseman (#3) for the 2nd out at first base.

SS Footwork Turning a 4-6-3 Double Play

Whenever any out, or outs, are recorded in a baseball scorebook, they are recorded with these numbers. Below are a few more examples:

I hope that helped explain some things you are hearing from baseball announcers on television. Baseball has a lot of little quirks and learning all of them is half the fun. Now baseball should be a little more interesting to you as you watch.

Thanks for the question!

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