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The Shortstop's Priority When Holding Runners On [ARTICLE]

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There are a boatload of little things that shortstops should do in order to effectively hold runners on at second base. However, one...... Continue

Blocking Tips [ARTICLE]

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The catcher must understand that it is their responsibility and commitment to block every ball in the dirt with runners...... Continue

Cutoff Positioning for a Ball Hit to Left Field [ARTICLE]

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As we move into situational defense, we need to address the standard cutoff positioning of the infielders for singles hit to the outfield. This standard...... Continue

Backing Up Plays [ARTICLE]

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No matter the level of baseball, errors are a big part of the game. While back-ups may not eliminate errors, they will certainly limit the number of extra bases...... Continue

Improve Fundamentals With These Baseball Catcher Drills [ARTICLE]

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Baseball catchers, from little league to the majors, have the same tasks: receive pitches, block balls in the dirt, throw out base runners, and keep the entire team ready on each play. All catchers, no matter what their level, must develop their...... Continue

Keep the Batter off Second Base [ARTICLE]

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Today's post is another common strategy also geared towards outfielders. This strategy is to make sure the opposing team has a harder time getting back into a game when they are behind 2 or more runs late in the game. A defensive team uses this...... Continue

3 Drills That Improve Agility for Baseball Infielders [ARTICLE]

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The better a baseball infielder's range, the more plays he can make. But range has to be developed through baseball agility drills that work on first-step burst, quickness and acceleration. Here are three drills I use with my infielders at Ashland...... Continue

Common Third Base Mistakes [ARTICLE]

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Playing too shallow. I suppose there may be coaches or players who would disagree with this but I believe it is too common. Obviously, if a third baseman has a weaker arm it would be natural for him to play a little more shallow. However, many...... Continue

Pick-Off Plays from the Catcher to the Infielders [ARTICLE]


The key as to whether or not a pick-off play should be attempted from the catcher to an infielder depends on the type of secondary lead that a runner is taking at a base. The secondary lead is the lead a runner has when the catcher receives the...... Continue

Bunt Defense - Ron Polk [ARTICLE]


One of the keys to successful team defense is the proper execution of the fundamentals of bunt defense. Many times in baseball the winner of a close game is the team that can handle this play properly, due to the fact that the sacrifice bunt play...... Continue