Geometric Fractions
04102010, 07:08 AM


You could also use the field to incorporate geometric fractions. A line from home plate through the pitcher's mound to 2nd base cuts the diamond in half, as does a line from 1st to 3rd (not through the pitcher's mound). A little trickier and less precise are fielder responsibilities. Left, right, and center fielders are each responsible for about 1/3 of the outfield including foul territory and overlapping (probably more like 2/5 each). The 1st, 2nd, 3rd base, and shortstop positions share responsibility for the infield including foul territory, but also overlap with the outfielders, pitcher, and catcher. It's messy, but might make for a good openended topic.
The baseball itself is covered by 2 identical pieces (kind of fat curved figure 8s) sewn together for an unusual example of 1/2.
