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Shutting Down Basestealers

In my ebook, I talk about shutting down would-be basestealers. Three things to work on:

  1. Vary your number of looks at the runner.
  2. Vary how long you hold the ball in the set position.
  3. Vary your pickoff moves.

The other team is trying to figure out how you attempt to stop the running game. You are trying to keep them guessing and off balance. Runner on second, before the first pitch, look twice then pitch. Next pitch, just look once.

If the runner gets an idea that you always look once and then pitch, they will be able to get a  great jump on you and get an easy stolen base.

The difference between an easy stolen base and the catcher throwing them out stealing may be the difference of a just one step.

More information:

Developing a Good Pickoff Move

Welcome to Baseball Essentials

Baseball Essentials covers over 200 tips on 100 important baseball topics.

Here are some of my favorites:

Tips For Pitchers

Pitch Selection – Page 2
Pitch Grips – Page 3
Managing the Running Game – Page 3
Avoiding Balks – Page 9

Tips For Fielders:
Pick Off Plays – Page 15
Important Rules for Fielders – Page 16
Defending Bunts – Page 17
Infield Positioning – Page 21
Double Play Footwork – Page 24
Getting Good Breaks in the Outfield – Page 27
When to Dive – Page 29

Tips For Catchers

Calling Pitches – Page 32
Wild Pitches – Page 34
Framing Pitches – Page 35
Backpicks – Page 35
Blocking – Page 36

Tips For Hitters:

Productive At Bats – Page 39
Moving the Runner Over – Page 40
Bunting Tips – Page 41
Getting Hit By a Pitch – Page 42
Proper Bat Size – Page 43
Hitting Drills and Tee Work – Page 44

Baserunning Tips

Thinking Double – Page 46
Going For A Triple – Page 47
Proper Leadoffs – Page 48
Stealing Bases – Page 51

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