Friday, October 25, 2013

Once again Base Stealing Plays a Huge part in a World Series Game

From Coach Mike Roberts: The St. Louis Cardinals ran very little during the regular season with only 45 steals even though they have a few players who run well. Detroit was the only team with fewer steals and the Tigers never win in the play-offs because they can only score via the home run. They have very little team speed. In the 2nd game of the world series at Fenway Park, with the Cardinals down 2-1, they executed a very timely double steal of 2nd and 3rd with one out. This brought the infield in and changed the dynamics of the inning and eventually changed the score of the game. Even if teams have an overall baseball philosophy where base running is not front and center each game, they should still use base stealing as a weapon that catches teams off guard as the Cardinals did  to the Red Sox. Hozma and Jay stole 3rd and 2nd respectively with a left-handed hitter at the plate. This makes it tougher to execute. Most defensive teams feel a team won't run very often with a left-Handed Hitter in the box since gives the catcher a clear throwing lane to 3rd Base. Cards manager Mike Matheny, a former Cotuit Kettleers player, is an excellent manager and he managed aggressively and timely in the 7th inning of game two. As the current head coach of the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod College Summer League, our team loves to work on stealing bases and usually leads the leagues in steals most seasons. Matheny showed me we need to work harder to learn to steal 3rd with a Left-Handed Hitter in the box. This kind of managing by Matheny should encourage all baseball coaches to make sure their team is always prepared to run. Stealing bases successfully will bring your team a few extra wins each season. I hope base stealing enthusiasts will buy my current book from Point-5 productions titled "You Can't Steal 2nd Base and Keep Your Foot on First" and also look for my 2nd Base Stealing book on Amazon now that will be delivered in Dec. 2013 titled "Baserunning."

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