The thing I don't like about
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using the pitcher's front heel as your key is that pitchers "play games" with the front heel to deceive the base runner. Pitchers have a tendency to be very smart and I know for a fact what they are starting to do the last several years. Some pitchers will actually move the heel for a fraction of a second slightly back toward the rubber and then deceive the base runner and throw to first base. The runner who is keying on the heel sometimes gets picked off by what should have been called a balk. In fairness to the umpires, it is not easy for an umpire to see something as small as a pitcher's foot move illegally for only a fraction of a second. My favorite key is the front left shoulder of the right-handed pitcher.
It is a fabulous baseball base running tip that you should try. If the right-handed pitcher comes set and you see the front left shoulder go toward first base, get back to the base because he's trying to nail you. If he pulls the shoulder backward, the pitcher must throw the ball home and you should then be taking your secondary lead or sprinting toward second base if you are stealing. It's more difficult for the pitcher to be as deceptive with the front shoulder. It's easier
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for the umpire to see a balk with the shoulder, compared to a balk with the heel or foot because umpires are not usually looking down low near the ground. That and the fact that the shoulder is simply much larger and easier for the umpire to see. Keying on the pitcher's front shoulder is an excellent key for a base runner and one of the more important baseball base running tips. It is a much better
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key than the front heel, which most coaches teach. Show everyone how well schooled you are in baseball.
Even if everything above the foundation is perfect, whether it be baseball hitting or building a house, if the foundation is not perfect it will lead to many problems. And "fast hands" are of the utmost importance when baseball hitting is concerned. It's very frustrating, especially for power pitchers, when a hitter literally just flicks the bat out with very quick hands and hits the ball hard for a hit. "Short and quick is so much better than long and strong. " I can not overemphasize how being "short to the ball" is a very critical factor and one of the better baseball tips on hitting. Being "short" is an absolute necessity and you will be able to catch up to anyone's fastball. I would rather pitch against a baseball hitter with a long and very
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powerful swing than someone who is "short to the ball" any day!"Stride and then you swing. " They are two separate movements yet quite often weaker hitters will do them at the same time.
Just like the pitches you may throw, having good composure is a very important part of a baseball pitcher's arsenal of weapons. You can have "great stuff" but if you lose your composure, isn't the benefit of having "great stuff" severely diminished?Never let a bad pitch get the better of you! I admit, this is easier said than done. What can be helpful is to allow yourself three seconds to be upset and then totally let it go. Have this understanding with yourself ahead of time and stick to it. Three seconds, that's it. Many very important baseball pitching tips are from the neck up!My son has a friend, who pitched in high school in . He really impressed a college scout. He gave up a tremendous home run over the left field fence.
Well, the only certainties when pitching are that you are going to make some mistakes and sometimes things just aren't going to go your way. Allow yourself three seconds to be upset and then get back to work. If someone hit a bomb off you ten seconds ago, it's the same as if it was hit twenty years ago. It is in the history books. The same with an error by one of your teammates. The same with a bloop hit. If you truly want to excel at baseball pitching, your only thought should be on making your next pitch a quality pitch. You can not rewrite the history books. The only pitch that matters is the next one you throw. Baseball pitching tips require clever use of the mind and not just the body. Please "let it go" and get back to work!
The other thing is that everybody chokes up two inches on the bat when they have two strikes on them. No matter where they are hitting in the batting order, if they don't choke up with two strikes they are removed from the game immediately! The coach understands
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very well that with two strikes on his hitter, it is a contact situation. Note that I didn't say good or very good coach, I said "outstanding high school varsity baseball coach. " When he talks, I listen!Hitters should not only focus on contact when they have two strikes on them. There are many other situations where the sole purpose of the at bat should be putting the ball in play! It is extremely frustrating if your team has the tying run on third base late in a game with
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one out and you cannot get that runner home.