Pitchers – Are you a head-snap or glove guy?
A huge part of being a great base stealer is being able to quickly recognize opportunities that increase your chances to be safe. Examples include a catcher with a weak arm, middle infielders that are positioned too far from the bag, and a slow delivery to home plate. Another big example involves what the pitcher does when he transitions between checking a runner at first or second base and starting his delivery to home plate. Some pitchers will do a head-snap and others will pick up the catchers mitt first.
If you are a base stealer, look for the glove guys. If you are a pitcher, don’t be a glove guy.
The video below shows what both look like.
Tomorrow’s post: A lot can be seen in one play at first base