Infield ~ Quick Hands And Quick Feet!
Baseball infielders, close to the action and ready to react in a split second. The essentials for an infielder? Quick hands and quick feet.
The videos below are from Valle Baseball, they provide some insight into the value of training with a smaller glove.
The smaller glove forces the player to get into the proper position and look the ball into the glove.
There are many companies that make some form of infield trainer, from flat pancake gloves, to various versions of a smaller trainer.
I have always used just a very small youth glove to work with infielders; but the problem comes in the inability to fit larger hands into those gloves.
The companies are now making these gloves with the ability to fit everyone, helps make your drills run smoother.
I have a niece and nephew who are both left handed. Other than the pancake models, left handed has been impossible to find.
Recently I ran across Valle Baseball's Website and the series of gloves shown in the videos below. They have these for both left and right, and even make a model which is an 11" first baseman's glove.
If you haven't tried a small glove with your players, once you do, you and they will like the results, no matter which source you purchase one from.
Rawlings has a 5 tool trainer, which is what I currently am using. It does the job also, though not as advanced as the Valle. There is a picture of one in the ad, right column of this page.
Looking at the images below, you could say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
These images were taken roughly 65 years apart. What worked for Johnny Pesky in the 1940's is still working for the high school player of today.
As with societies fashions, "what goes around, comes around" is prevalent in baseball also.
The Basic Skills For An Infielder ~ Fielding A Ground Ball And Throwing The Runner Out
Pre-pitch set position
Square Up To Your Target, Gain Some Ground, Set your Feet And Throw
Step On Line And Throw
Infield Tips ~ From the Dugout
It's A Pretty Sure Thing That A Player's Bat Is What Speaks Loudest When It's Contract Time; But There Are Moments When The Glove Has The Last Word! ( Brooks Robinson )
return from baseball infield to theoleballgame.com
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