~ Base Running, Third To Home: There Are 25 Ways A Runner Can Score From Third Base But Not From Second! ~
Base running, third to home, has distinct characteristics applied only at third base. It is also a unique situation due to the amount of effort required to get a runner to third base.
Excluding a batter hitting a triple, multiple efforts must occur to get a runner to third base.
Is being in scoring position at third, really that much more important than scoring position at second?
The answer is a difinitive YES! To illustrate, here is a fun quiz.
How many situations can you identify where a runner can score from third base, but not from second base? One example would be a runner on third base scores on a balk, but a runner on second base does not. If you want to look at some point, there are 25 total.
While some occur more frequently than others, once you are standing on third base, all 25 ways become a possibility and you never know when one of them will turn up.
I live in Arizona, where they advertise for the lottery saying, "You Can't Win, If You Don't Play." The same is true for scoring from third base, those 25 opportunities don't exist until you are standing on third base!
Base Running Tips From the Dugout
A Situation Unique To Third Base
With the bases loaded, two out and a 3-2 count on the batter, all base runners are making sure the pitcher is delivering to the plate and are running on the pitch.
For the runners on first and second, both are headed for the next base in a straight line.
There is a difference for the runner at third base!
Base running, third to home, you also make sure the pitcher is delivering to the plate, take two quick shuffle steps angled further into foul territory before you head to the plate.
This will provide you with a slower start and additional separation from the hitter, in the event the ball is hit towards third base.
This is a safety precaution for the base runner, as you have no protection from a sharply hit ball right at you. We tell our runners to go wide and go late!
One of four things will take place on the pitch:
I'm At Third, What Do I Do Differently?
Leads At Third
Additional Topics On this Fun, Yet Overlooked Part Of The GameBase Running
What gravy is to Thanksgiving, the running game is to baseball. Home To First
A full out sprint towards first base; REMEMBER, HUSTLE NEVER HAS A BAD DAY. First To Second
Look immediately to the person giving the signs. First To Third
The runner needs to think "Coach ~ Base ~ Coach", for his reads. Second To Third
The base runners first and foremost responsibility is to keep track of the baseball. Stealing Second
As you step out into your lead, all these feelings intensify as you lock in on that one movement the pitcher is about to make, a movement that will send you speeding towards second base. Stealing Third
It is often easier to steal third base, than second. Delayed Steal
Here you are using the element of surprise, a great equalizer. Special Plays
Plays designed to amp up your running game, catching your opponent off guard while creating pressure on the defense. 25 Ways To Score
These 25 ways to score from third base are one reason teams work so hard at getting a runner to third base.
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