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Do You Have a Pickoff Mindset?

By Meachrm @BaseballBTYard

As a former shortstop, I could never understand why pitchers were not interested in trying to pick runners off.  Here I am around second base with a runner that is drifting off the bag too much and the pitcher either ignored it or just stepped off the rubber when I broke to the bag.  I just didn’t get it.  I’m trying to help the guy get an out without having him throw a pitch.  The W’s and the L’s go next to the pitcher’s name so I guess if he wants to make it harder on himself then he can go right ahead.

If you are a pitcher or a coach that deals with them, be sure to instill a “pickoff mindset.”  Today’s video tip explains what it means and some tips on how to do it.


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