In both the National League and American League, more home team dugouts are on the
side (9 to 6 each). Even the two oldest parks still in use differ on this point: the Cubs sit on the third-base side at Wrigley while the Red Sox inhabit the first-base dugout at Fenway.
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Where do players sit in a game of baseball – what are dugouts?
But first things first, let’s find out about these special seats the baseball teams sit at. If you’re new to baseball, you’ll notice that most baseball players, their managers, and their coaches would sit in an area that is set below the field level. This is called the dugout – an area specifically made for baseball teams to sit at.
Most dugouts are set below the field level so spectators could have a better view of the game while it is in play, although this is specific to certain stadiums.
Dugouts are made commonly of benches for the players who aren’t on the field and provide a safe space for team managers and coaches to watch the game unfold. Most player equipment such as hats, gloves, bats, protective gear, and other miscellaneous items are also kept at team-specific dugouts.
Which side does the home team sit on in baseball – and why?
So now that you’ve learned a little about dugouts, let’s move on to knowing where the home team sits. Technically, there aren’t any set rules as to where a team’s dugout is.
You could say it’s almost by random, but since home teams usually get to pick their dugouts before the visitor team does, you’ll often notice them on the first base sides. On certain rare occasions, however, you may see the home team seated on the third-base side instead. And now, let’s dig deeper into why the home team picks where they’d like their dugouts to be.
Why do home teams sit on the first base side in baseball?
In the history of baseball, home teams would usually sit on the first base side as it allows their managers and coaches to see the game better. This allows them to guide their players on their ever-changing game strategy for the win without letting the visitor teams in on what they’re planning on.
Subsequently, managers and coaches may also believe that when they get an unobstructed view of the game from the first base side, it would be easier to reason with the umpire when there is a disagreement.