Friday, September 7, 2012

Teams Stealing bases in Major League Baseball in 2012 is so low it seems teams have given up on base stealing as an offensive weapon.

In 2012, Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton, stole his 147th base which broke the minor league record set in 1983 by Vince Coleman. The modern day major league record was set by Rickey Henderson with 130 in 1982. The Miami Marlins lead the majors with 130 steals in 2012 (Hamilton has more steals than any MLB team) at a success rate of 79% and the Orioles are the lowest with 44 steals and a success rate of 62%. The MLB average success rate is 73% in ’12. The average number of total steals per team at the major league level is the same in American and National league at 91 per team. This is less than 1 steal per game thru 130 games of a 162 game schedule. In the 70′s & 80′s MLB teams ran much more than they do today. Some people will argue it was because of the many astroturf fields and the game was played at a faster pace. I believe their were more pure baseball players then and few teams had a bench full of big, muscular guys like today. The muscle men came into the game in the early 90′s and more teams began to develop the Earl Weaver Philosophy from his Oriole Managing days when there was almost no running and just looking for the cure all ailments the “3 run home run.” The home run ball was becoming more what fans wanted to see. Then, the men got even bigger and the juiced muscle men began slugging away in the late 90′s and into the early 2000′s when Home Runs were being hit farther & more often than ever. In the summer of 2012, the collegiate baseball summer leagues were using “juiced baseballs” made by Diamond which would fly over large trees & light towers & land 500′ from home plate. The Cape Cod league had over a 100% increase in home runs in ’12 season vs. ’11 season. So, what happens to even coaches like myself in today’s game? You back off the running game when every team is hitting balls over the wall more often. Even though the team i coached in the Cape Cod League, the Cotuit Kettleers, led the league with 65 stolen bases in 44 games, this was the lowest total of a Mike Roberts coached team in many seasons. I wish their were many more Billy Hamilton’s who love to run and work at stealing bases. Doing the “little things” well such as stealing bases at crucial times will always make a huge impact in how games are won and lost. I salute Billy Hamilton. Please keep stealing bases and hope you run yourself to the makor leagues. Coach Mike Roberts

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Enjoyment of Coaching Mature Collegiate athletes who stay Focused

The summer of 2012 has been so enjoyable for our coaching staff with the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod Collegiate Summer League. We are fortunate to have a team of collegiate athletes who: 1) enjoy practicing baseball to improve their fundamentals skills each day before the team goes into their regular pre-game routine. 2) The athletes have pushed their egos to the side and are truly a close knit “Team!” The players like and respect one another and the coaches and fans see this each day 3) the players have mentored 600 young people in the Kettleer Camps this summer and done so with enthusiasm each morning. 4) The players have embraced their “Host Families” and integrated themselves into this beautiful Cape Community. 5) This “Team” has fun playing each evening as if they were play in a “Backyard game of Wiffle Ball.” From the Coaching Staff to the Kettleers Players in 2012 we deeply appreciate this team for being a focused group of young athletes. You have made this summer special!!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Double Steal in Cotuit Kettleers Game vs. Harwich Mariners (Cape League) Game

Kettleers win vs. Harwich Mariners tonight included an outstanding double steal by Patrick Biondi (Michigan) who was on 2nd base and Tony Kemp (Vanderbilt) who was on 1st base in the 9th inning. Patrick stole 3rd on the 1st pitch and Tony stole 2nd behind him and the ball was thrown away at 3rd base. Patrick continued home on the over-throw and the left fielder threw the ball to home and the ball got past Brett Austin, Catcher from NC State. Tony Kemp then rounded third and scored all the way from 1st base. Speed is certainly fun to watch when the right players are teamed up. Patrick Biondi and Tony Kemp certainly are a base stealing pair that can turn a game around.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Base Stealing in 2012 for all age groups of baseball

Coach Mike Roberts in 2012 is excited to teach base stealing all over the USA. I am traveling the country putting on clincis. I was in San Diego early Jan. at the UCSD in La Jolla, on Jan. 21st at DBat in Frisco, Tx. w/clinic for all age groups and in Baltimore in early Feb. I will encourage and teach more coaches/athletes to learn the new techniques for stealing bases. From Brian Roberts, at the major league level with the Orioles, to Cotuit Kettleers players in the Cape Cod Collegiate Summer League where wood bats are used and their are few extra base hits and many more college athletes using the BBCor bats, and high school/youth players striving to polish their skills which will help their teams win games. I will be sharing techniques such as jump leads at 1B and 2B, double steals, 1st and 3rd steals, stealing home, leaning leads, decoy leads, and other types of leads. Join me often to learn Base Stealing from the ole’ Baseball Coach at