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Tip of the Week #5 - Holding Runners on 2nd:


This is not a pick-off move, but an effective method for keeping the runner from advancing to third base.


Most young pitchers have a tendency to turn their head and 'look' at the runner at second, varying their glances to try to hold him on base. A savvy base runner can get a 'read' on these looks and sometimes time his move to the plate and steal third.


Try having your pitchers catch sight of the runner out of the corner of their eye (after their primary lead) and not look directly at him. If they see movement, they simply hold the ball. If the base runner does not move, they make the pitch. This gives the defense an edge. Very neat and simple.


Courtesy of Baseball-Excellence.com