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Why should you add the baseball hit and run to your teams’ baseball basics? There are many reasons. To begin with lets look at the hit and run baseball play.
The baseball hit & run play is usually used with a baserunner on first base or first and second base with less than two outs. Mostly used with one out.
The baserunners break on the pitch similar to stealing. Except the runner makes sure to not get picked off by the pitcher.
So, the base stealer does not get quite as good of ‘jump’ as they would on a straight steal. The batter has to make sure that the baseball bat hitting ball is a mandatory assignment.
Since the runner does not always get their best base stealing jump the hitter must hit a baseball or at least swing at the pitch to protect the runner from getting thrown out.
The baseball hit & run play is designed to get your baserunners to move into scoring position and possibly set the table for a big inning without using up an out by bunting.
This is a high percentage baseball skill and shows players how to become a better baseball player.
Let us continue looking at the high percentage baseball basics for the hit and run baseball plays.
Baseball bunting has to stop. Often youth baseball coaches believe they are really strategizing when they have their baseball players bunt. In reality, baseball coaches are harming player devleopment and professional baseball instruction by bunting too much.
Bunting should be used sparingly and rarely. Maybe when the game is close in the last inning a bunt may be in order and that is usually at the high school baseball levels and above.
Do not give up an out on a sacrifice bunt when the hit and run baseball play or the steal is very effective. Teaching batting and the hitting skills will give a baseball player much more value and a longer baseball life span.
Who do you think is going to stay in baseball the longest—a good bunter or a good hitter? There are not many bunters on the all-league team or in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Top baseball hitters should always practice bunting so they are ready to bunt when called on. But remember, baseball schools are looking for top baseball hitters so you are better served to spend your maximum time teaching kids to hit a baseball.
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