Over the next few weeks we’ll dive into the components of the double play. This week lets look at double play feeds from the third baseman. Obviously the worst case scenario in any double play situation is not recording any outs on that play. Often we feel the need to be in a hurry to … More 5-4-3=2 Simple Rules for 3B Double Play Feeds
It’s no secret or surprise that infielders need to throw from a variety of arm slots in order to be effective. The ability to throw from different arm slots saves precious time while attempting to record an out. Before we dive into arm slots, it’s important to distinguish the difference between the terms “arm slot” … More A Look Inside an Infielder’s Varying Arm Slots
Recently, Stick and Ball TV hosted a zoom call to discuss team defense. The webinar was hosted by Jeremy “Sheets” Sheetinger, Head Coach of the Georgia-Gwinnett College Grizzlies. His guest speakers were Erik Bakich, Head Coach at the University of Michigan, and Kai Correa, Bench Coach for the San Francisco Giants and founder of the … More Team Defense: Understanding the desired outcome
Ground ball is hit at us. We get outside of the ball, establish great rhythm with our feet, arrive into a textbook fielding position with our right, left, field footwork. It’s at this very moment that the fielding triangle is present. The fielding triangle is a term that refers to the setup of the feet … More Fielding Triangle
Darren Willman, creator of BaseballSavant.com, has a fabulous website with TONS of data from Major League Baseball. The site is a must visit for baseball geeks, like myself, who like to dive into numbers to see what they can tell us. He has provided data from as recently as January 2020 to evaluate infielders. The … More MLB Outs Above Average
Fielding lanes are described by the glove presentation that’s required to field the ball. There are 3 fielding lanes: routine, forehand, and backhand. Routine Lane The routine lane is located directly in the middle of the body (shown in red on the graphic). In this lane, our body is able to field the ball squared … More Fielding Lanes & Hands
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