There may be no worse feeling in baseball than being picked off a base or making a mental baserunning mistake. There is no where to hide when this happens and it can be a long walk back to the dugout. You may consider yourself a base stealing threat every time you get on base, or maybe you look for certain situations to take an extra base.
Whatever your running ability, your value as a baserunner is important to your team. As a baserunner you always need to be aware of the value of your run. This is dependent on the game situation and your ability. Your strategy on the bases will be different depending on the inning and the score.
Have you seen a player being picked off first base when their team is down by 4 or 5 runs? It can be the nail in the coffin for the team.
It's a mental error and should never happen, but it does, even at the major league level. This next section will cover many of the fundamentals necessary to be a good baserunner. This is the exact path we want to take on a double or triple.
We always want to try to attain the straightest path possible when going into a bag where there could be a potential play. It is the quickest way.
Doug Bernier , founder of Pro Baseball Insider. He has Major League time at every infield position, and has played every position on the field professionally except for catcher.
Where is he now? After 16 years of playing professionally, he is now a professional scout with the Colorado Rockies.
You should click to watch this great defensive play by Bernier. Eddie, Good eye noticing that he is using his left foot.
In an ideal world you want to use your right foot but talking to people on our team about a third of our position players hit the bags with their left foot. I know I hit the bag with my left foot, and I believe it has to do with my stride length. Thanks for your question. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting. Tips for running to first base.
Base running starts the moment you as the hitter make contact with the baseball. This article contains pro tips for successfully running to first base after you hit a ground ball through the infield, meaning more hits for you and more runs for the team. Dom on November 5, 3: Andrey on July 31, 4: James Geer on July 2, 5: Eddie Estrada on August 20, 5: On your picture, should he be using his right foot to step on 2nd base on the inside corner?
Doug Bernier on September 30, 1: August 30, 0.