I've written about base running here a couple of times - once, where I pointed out Two Huge Base Running Errors That Cost Teams a Game and another time when I wrote Winning Base Running Means Winning Games.
Although the second article was chock-full of my own base running tips, it never hurts to see if there is a gem or two being offered up by someone else! In an article published more than a year ago, Nick Dixon presented a number of great base running tips all young players should pay attention to.
The article, Baseball Coaching Digest - Base Running Basics, gives tips on what you should do when you are on first, second or third. Although some of the tips Nick offers are similar to mine, the following were ones that I did not include in my piece and consider to be the best:
- It is the runner's job to get a good jump. The coach's job is not to start you. His job is to stop you!
- When you hit a fly ball to left field, round first and keep proceeding toward second base as long as you can see the back of the fielder's uniform. When he turns and is facing the catcher, your job is to make sure that you are half way between first and second. If it is caught, you can easily get back to first. If not, you'll make it to at least second base with no problems.
- When you are on second base, take your lead in a direct line between second and third base if there are less than two outs. When there are two outs, take your lead deeper - more toward the outfield grass. This will make it easier to round third base and advance to home on a base hit.
- (and my favorite) If you are on third and a catcher makes a throw to third to try to pick you off, run toward the third baseman's glove (providing you are still in the base path). Quite often, the ball will deflect off of you before making it to the third baseman.
I've used that last one, myself, for all bases as a matter of fact!
Got any base running tips of your own you'd like to share that weren't covered here or in my other article? I'd love to hear them!
Pitching Machine Stop Quote of the Day:"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical." - Yogi Berra