New U3 Starting Position When Rotated

There seems to be some confusion about using the optional position for U3 on the 3B side or left field side of 2B.  The position is not to get a better look at a LH batter for the check swing.  This optional position should be used when R1 is probably going to steal or the bunt will be used to advance the runner.
  • This optional position puts U3 more in the wedge for the tag play on R1’s steal.
  • The position also allows U3 to better cover 3B is PU is busy with ball status on a bunt.
  • The optional position also has some minuses, such as covering both 1B and 2B to push U1 to the plate on a rotation.
  • U3 will still need to read, adjust and communicate as the play develops.
  • Use of the optional position may change depending on R1, the count and number of outs.
  • Umpires should continue to use the optional position and learn its advantages and disadvantages.