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I was taught in little league and JV level HS baseball that when you are stealing a base you don't check home you just focus on getting to second (or third) and if you need to adjust your slide see what is happening infront of you don't lose momentum looking home to see what is going on....it won't change what is happening but it will slow you down. Was that something that was wrongly taught to me? Because I see way too many MLB players looking home during a steal attempt.

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I was taught in little league and JV level HS baseball that when you are stealing a base you don't check home you just focus on getting to second (or third) and if you need to adjust your slide see what is happening infront of you don't lose momentum looking home to see what is going on....it won't change what is happening but it will slow you down. Was that something that was wrongly taught to me? Because I see way too many MLB players looking home during a steal attempt.

 

That usually means it was supposed to be a hit and run. If it's an all out steal, you're technically right. Ricky always sneaked a peek.

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That usually means it was supposed to be a hit and run. If it's an all out steal, you're technically right. Ricky always sneaked a peek.

 

 

As Ricky would say, "Ricky is fast enough to sneak a peek"

 

Oh and if it were a hit and run shouldn't the runner be committed to the run? Or are they so instinctive to the play that they know there should be a hit so they have to look to see if it worked?

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As Ricky would say, "Ricky is fast enough to sneak a peek"

 

Oh and if it were a hit and run shouldn't the runner be committed to the run? Or are they so instinctive to the play that they know there should be a hit so they have to look to see if it worked?

 

they want to see if it's a ground ball. If not, they have to scoot back to first.

 

they also want to see if the bastard got the sign.

 

 

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they want to see if it's a ground ball. If not, they have to scoot back to first.

 

they also want to see if the bastard got the sign.

 

 

 

 

Both times it happened tonight it wouldn't have mattered if it were a ground ball and actually in both instances it wasn't a hit and run unless the bastard didn't get the sign. They were about 50% of the way there or worse. I can recall a number of times when they looked almost immediately in the past but that wasn't the case tonight or in a lot of instances. I think it is them actually looking to see what the catcher was doing which does nothing to help them.

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Both times it happened tonight it wouldn't have mattered if it were a ground ball and actually in both instances it wasn't a hit and run unless the bastard didn't get the sign. They were about 50% of the way there or worse. I can recall a number of times when they looked almost immediately in the past but that wasn't the case tonight or in a lot of instances. I think it is them actually looking to see what the catcher was doing which does nothing to help them.

 

i don't know if it makes a difference if you get a good jump. most of the time you steal on the pitcher. but you're right there's nothing gained by looking if it's a straight steal.

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