List of which teams are in the firstbase and thirdbase dugouts

Few things are better than sitting behind your favorite team’s dugout at a big league baseball game, especially on Opening Day. You get to see your favorite players up-close, maybe snag a foul ball and if you go early for batting practice maybe even an autograph.

But knowing which dugout to sit by can be tricky. There’s no consistent rule that says home team on one side, road team on the other. Depending on the stadium, the home team might sit in the first base dugout or the third base dugout. You may not know unless you’ve been to the stadium before, and if you pick a seat on the wrong side you’re out of luck.

So how do know which teams sit in the third base dugout and which teams sit in the first base dugout? We’ve got your answer. We studied every major league stadium to compile the list of which dugout the home team sits in.

Find which dugout your favorite team sits in

MLB Home Teams in the First Base Dugout

Kansas City Royals

Seattle Mariners

Colorado Rockies

Milwaukee Brewers

Cincinnati Reds

San Diego Padres

Texas Rangers

New York Yankees

St. Louis Cardinals

Tampa Rays

New York Mets

Minnesota Twins

Philadelphia Phillies

Washington Nationals

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

Houston Astros

Atlanta Braves


MLB Home Teams in the Third Base Dugout

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Chicago White Sox

Los Angeles Dodgers

Oakland A’s

Arizona Diamondbacks

Cleveland Indians

Chicago Cubs

San Francisco Giants

Pittsburgh Pirates

Miami Marlins

Detroit Tigers

Toronto Blue Jays

Tips for Getting a Player’s Autograph

Getting your favorite player’s autograph is a lifelong keepsake. There’s no guarantee that any player will sign before the game (they’re getting ready for work, after all) but here are some tips to improve your chances:

  1. Bring a marker or a pen. Players don’t carry them in their pocket, so if you want an autograph you have to have your own. Make sure it’s permanent and won’t bleed. A Sharpie works great.
  2. Be polite. Most ball players are happy to sign for fans, but they do still have to prepare for the game.
  3. Have your souvenir ready. A baseball works great, or a program or photograph. Hats are also good, but make sure your marker will be visible if the hat is a dark color.
  4. Go to the end of the netting. Most teams now install netting that runs the length of each dugout to protect fans from dangerous batted balls. Go to the end, or even a little farther down the line where the wall is low right next to the field.
  5. Avoid the outfield. Outfield walls are too high for players to reach over, and most players are tasked with fielding batting practice.

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