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No Double Taps for Shortstops

By Meachrm @BaseballBTYard

One of the many bad habits infielders can get into is tapping the ball in their glove before throwing.  To get an idea of what I’m talking about, watch this short video of Brendan Ryan taking grounders at shortstop.  The ground ball where he taps his glove just before throwing starts at the :35 second mark.

Click HERE to watch.

Second basemen and third basemen usually have more time to catch and throw so double taps don’t hurt them as much as shortstops.  Shortstops generally have less time since they have a longer throw coupled with the ball taking longer to get to them.

Even though second and third basemen can getaway with it more, the habit of tapping the glove in between catching and throwing is a habit all infielders either need to break or make sure they never develop.

Tomorrow’s post:  Middle infield mistake when breaking to second base

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