I learned a hard rookie lesson one day in the big leagues. I was holding Rod Carew close at second base before the pitch so he could not get a big jump to steal third base. After a pitch, he comes back to the base and says, "I'm not going to steal, you don't have to pay me any mind." "Oh, Ok", I mutter, thinking, "I surely can trust Rod Carew." So before the next pitch, I play my normal second base position, pay him no mind and proceed to watch as he steals third base easily on the next pitch. Lesson learned to not fall for the tricks of the trade.
As players move up the baseball ladder, they get craftier and players should never trust what they see or hear. Of course, defensive players cannot be trusted either.
Following are common "tricks of the trade"plays that players should never fall for.
When on defense:
Base running tricks of the trade
The key is to coach players to play hard always, until the play is over, and to not assume something because it appears obvious.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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