PAN AM Baseball Footwork

pan am baseball         A walk or a run?  Baseball has all the bases covered.

Stealing Glances and Stealing Bases

Watching the Pitcher’s feet, the Base Runner leads off when the Pitcher ‘toes’ the rubber.  Then the Runner takes three steps, beginning with the right foot. The Pitcher pivots as he considers throwing the ball to get the Runner out.  The Runner retreats. The Pitcher sets to throw the pitch and the Runner takes two slide steps, beginning with the right foot. Is the Runner just winding the Pitcher up? Then, the Runner takes a further lead with three shuffle steps as the Pitcher throws to the plate. (Baseball Footwork or Ballroom Dancing?)

Other Striking Footwork:

  • The Batter’s rotation on the front foot after weight transfer through torso with little effect on back foot. This is no ‘Squash the Bug’.
  • The Catcher’s ‘Jab Step’ for outside pitches and ‘Jump Pivot’ for inside pitches.
  • The In-Fielder’s quick shuffle after catching a ball, throwing that ball off his left foot forward and then ‘Walking Behind It’.
  • The Out-Fielder’s ‘Drop Step’ on the side of approaching ball, sprinting on the balls of his feet, raising his glove on his last three steps.

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Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.   1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)



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