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The first time I saw this play we are watching I was really impressed with the ability of
these youth players to pull this off so successfully. In one sense this is really a simple plan
to throw the runner out at second. However, the amount of time for the play to develop
and the patience needed by each player it is quite remarkable that they were able to
make it work.
The idea is to lull the runner on second into complacency. To get that runner used to a
rhythm and routine so that he can be caught off guard. In order to make this happen, the
catcher, pitcher, and shortstop need to be in on the fairly long process. Unfortunately
we don’t get to see the short stop in the video, but presumably, the shortstop is doing
the same exact thing on every pitch. He doesn’t suddenly act different on the final play that
catches the runner. After each pitch, every single time, the shortstop is running over
to second to cover a pick off throw. But he isn’t really acting like he’s expecting
a throw. He’s just going through the motions - as it were - leaving the runner to believe
that this is simply what always happens. Nothing here to be concerned about.
The pitcher needs to be ready to catch each throw back from the catcher which comes back
quickly and hard and the same every pitch. Even when they get the strike out, the throw
back to the pitcher is the same every single time.
The catcher is the key and this catcher is one of the best at this age level I’ve seen.
He’s skills are really good. He needs to pop up and throw quickly and hard to the pitcher
after every pitch. This constant throw is key. The runner on second sees this throw
about ten times before he’s caught. Ten times to see the same thing by the catcher,
pitcher, and shortstop. Then, all of the sudden, the pitcher doesn’t catch the ball. It rather
comes all the way to the shortstop and by the time the runner realizes this throw was
different, it’s too late.
It’s brilliant. It’s obviously planned out this way and while the premise is simple,
but the time it takes to develop is quite impressive. Maybe the coach gave a final go
ahead sign off camera? Or maybe the catcher simply decided on his own that this was the
time? Either way, it caught that runner.
Is this a play that can be used by other teams? Obviously yes, but my guess is that the excitement
and anticipation by the defense would be too much and either act too soon, or be too obvious
in their movements.
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Baseball trick play by catcher - Simply Awesome.

393 Folder Collection
葉大 谷翔平 published on September 8, 2016
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