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The position of the baseball catcher in a baseball team is a very important one. On thrown balls to his right, the catcher should slide the right foot toward 1st base and close with the left. On thrown balls to the left, it’s slide left, close right. When teaching the catcher these two steps, the coach or manager should toss the ball on one side then the other.

Once the move seems to be mastered, it should be pointed out that it takes only a second for a pitched ball to reach the plate. This means the slide-close to right and left must be done quickly and smoothly. It would be well then for the manager to back off about 60 feet and deliberately throw the ball to left and right of the catcher and to throw it fairly fast.

Shifting the feet enables the catcher to both catch the ball and throw. With runners on base, the proper shift becomes more important than ever. Assume the batter is right-handed and the pitch is directly over the plate. What’s the fastest foot-move one can make? Simple. Leave the right foot where it is in the Receiving Position, step forward left and throw. (In the Receiving Position, your feet are wide apart, your tail low. Your glove hand makes the target. The bare hand is loose, with the thumb tucked under the other fingers.)

Assume you have the same situation with the pitch going to the right, or “outside”. Step right with the right foot. Instead of closing left, step diagonally right and forward with the left foot and throw.

On pitches that are “inside” to the right-handed hitter, the baseball catcher steps left for the catch and instead of closing right, steps diagonally right with the right foot, plants it, steps left and throws. It’s to-the-left, to-the-right, forward-and-throw. If the pitch is far inside, causing the batter to jump back, a slight variation will help. Step left, bring the right foot left and plant it directly in back of the left, step forward with the left foot and throw. Use this step, too, if the runner is going from 2nd to 3rd, but throw in back of the batter if he’s in the way.

For left hand hitters:
on outside pitches-step left, bring the right foot in back of the left, plant it, step forward left and throw. On inside pitches-step right, hop diagonally left and forward on the right foot, step forward left and throw. If the catcher wants to throw to 1st with a left hand hitter at the dish, he can throw behind the batter on inside pitches, from in front on outside pitches.

If a manager has two or three catchers on the squad, he can drill them as follows:
have the catchers line up side-by-side with plenty of room between each catcher. Have them face the coach and assume the Receiving Position. The coach can yell out the pitch, then “shift”, the signal for the catchers to go through the steps. “All right boys” the manager, or coach could say. “It’s a right-hand hitter. Get ready for the pitch. Here it comes, low and inside . . . Ready? SHIFT!”

He can repeat that line with all the variations. The teacher cannot spend too much time on this exercise. If a boy is having trouble with the steps, his Dad can help him in the back yard, cellar or attic.

After the Receiving Position has been taught, it’s time to think about working behind the plate.

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Bryce Harper gets hit by a pitch from Hunter Strickland, and then the benches clear at AT&T Park

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Baseball first pitches are a silly thing. They mean nothing, are there just for show and you just know that 99 percent of the time the person throwing it is going to look like a complete idiot. When signing up to take on this gig, you think that these people would practice heavily to avoid being featured on a funny sports bloopers compilation. Apparently not though as time after time celebrities, politicians, animals and freaking fictional characters (yup Darth Vader is on this list, didn’t see that one coming on a sports channel did ya?) make fools of themselves trying to pitch a baseball.

The mistakes can often be repeated in these pitches. People like Michael Jordan, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg release their balls too early and that causes the ball to go careening off to the side of the plate like a swerving car. Other times people like Carly Rae Jepsen will release the ball too late so that it hits the dirt so fast you may not even see it. But the worst of the worst have to be the ones who just didn’t care. The ones who didn’t put one iota of thought into their throw and disrespecting the sacred tradition of baseball ceremonial first pitches. Yes we’re looking at you Mariah Carey with your ridiculous high heels to throw a baseball in Japan. How dare you. With all that out of the way, here are the 15 funniest first pitches in Baseball history. Enjoy!

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Adams hits walk-off plus nine moments from around Major League Baseball

From Lane Adams’ walk-off home run to Mark Reynolds’ grand slam, check out 10 moments from around the Majors on 9/10/17

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Major League Baseball consists of 30 teams split between the American and National Leagues. The American League consists of the following teams: Baltimore Orioles; Boston Red Sox; Chicago White Sox; Cleveland Indians; Detroit Tigers; Houston Astros; Kansas City Royals; Los Angeles Angels ; Minnesota Twins; New York Yankees; Oakland Athletics; Seattle Mariners; Tampa Bay Rays; Texas Rangers; and Toronto Blue Jays. The National League, originally founded in 1876, consists of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks; Atlanta Braves; Chicago Cubs; Cincinnati Reds; Colorado Rockies; Los Angeles Dodgers; Miami Marlins; Milwaukee Brewers; New York Mets; Philadelphia Phillies; Pittsburgh Pirates; San Diego Padres; San Francisco Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; and Washington Nationals.

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A vital ingredient of baseball training is a baseball stretching routine. It helps athleticism, increases flexibility and guards against the risk of injury.

When performing this 10 minute baseball stretching routine, be sure to warm up first and if any of the exercises cause pain or severe discomfort, discontinue immediately. Review our article on the rules for safe stretching for more information… http://stretchcoach.com/articles/good-stretch-bad-stretch/

To acquire a very good glove of baseball can make a world of the difference inside your play. You need to purchase a glove produced starting from supplies of high quality since they will final longer and will be much easier to employ. And, naturally, you make certain that the adjustment feels exact. While you can want to buy a less expensive glove – sometimes it wages right of doesn’t mainly because your engage in will suffer.

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Any first standard participant will say to you that the primary basic gloves are extremely important when it has suddenly played the baseball. A factor to become sought in a very beneficial glove is to buy the great sorts of supplies and strap which you’ve need in a glove to engage in at the primary base.

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To make shopping for the glove of suitable baseball is as important as obtaining the footgear or the espadrilles suitable. Take your time and choose a excellent glove and you might see your engage in enhancing!

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