We asked Los
Angeles Dodgers Right Fielder Shawn Green
to give you some tips on becoming a better right fielder.
Los Angeles Dodgers
What is the proper technique for catching a pop fly?
Shawn Green: To catch a pop fly, you want to make
sure you get behind the ball and you're coming to it toward
the base you're throwing (the ball to). When you catch it, you
want to try to catch the ball out front and hopefully have
your momentum going forward.
When a ball is hit into the rightfield gap, how do you
decide who will catch the ball?
Green: You have to really communicate, especially in
the outfield because guys are running a long way and as hard
as they can, so you've got to make sure you talk. One guy has
to say "I've got it, I've got it" and the other guy says "take
it." Or you guys come up with something that works for you.
Do you have a special technique for getting a good
running start when the ball is hit?
Green: Yeah, everyone has different ways of getting
started. For me, I like to have a little bit of movement.
Sometimes I'll take a couple of steps right when the pitcher
is about to throw the ball, right when it gets to about home
plate. So at least I have a little bit of movement, I don't
want to be standing there flat-footed. You want to be at least
How do you field fly balls hit near the outfield fence?
Do you have to prepare differently when the ball is hit that
Green: When it's hit deep, you're running hard. You
want to keep practicing so you kind of have a good idea of
where the ball is going to go. You want to run back, take a
peek at the fence, and as you get close to it you want to
stick your arm out so that you'll feel the wall before you run
How do you know when to throw home and when to throw to
the cutoff guy?
Green: You always want to be able to throw through
the cutoff guy, so when you're throwing home from right field,
the first baseman would be the cutoff man -- you want to try
to throw it right through his hat. So that maybe the next one
I'll throw to home, and if not, they can cut it.