Baseball Positions & Roles : How to be a Pitcher


The pitcher’s primary responsibility is to
get the batter out. That can come in the form of a strike out, a ground out, a pop out,
any number of different ways of getting the batter out. But primarily, your responsibility
is to record outs. Now you’d think that the pitcher would always want to get a strike
out; that’s not exactly true. Sometimes it’s more advantageous for the pitcher to allow
the batter to hit the ball to a certain position, again, going with the coach’s strategy to
turn a double play, sometimes a triple play. So sometimes you don’t want a strike out.
A strike out, by the way, is determined when a batter records three strikes on a batter,
that batter will be out…swings three times and misses the ball or three pitches are thrown
within the strike zone that the he fails to hit or any combination of those things. The
pitcher will normally set up just like this: if there’s no runner on, you’ll start in a
wind up. Again, you’re on the rubber. You’ll take your wind up, and you’ll make your throw
to home plate, ok. That’s primary spot number 1. The pitcher may take a different position
if there’s a runner on first base. He may be throwing from what’s called ‘the stretch.’
This is where you turn sideways, facing home plate just like this…you can set up on the
outside or the inside of the rubber, it doesn’t exactly matter. But you have to watch the
runner on first base, over your shoulder just like this. In this situation, the pitcher
has two choices: he can either throw the ball home for a pitch or you can make a throw to
first base and try to throw the runner out if he’s taking to large of a lead. Sometimes
your catcher will indicate, sometimes you just have to see it. Now, if you’re going
to make the throw to first base you have to first step off the rubber. You cannot have
your foot in front of the rubber and make a throw to first base or to third base. You
have to actually have to step off, turn, and throw. Now this is a skill the pitchers develop
and you get very, very quick at it. So if you’re standing here and you’re waiting, you’re
watching the runner over your shoulder on first base. You’re seeing your signs from
your catcher, and it’s time you’re going to try to pick this guy off. It’s just a hop
back, turn, throw…your first baseman will catch the ball, try to tag the runner as he
comes back into the bag. Sometimes you pick him off, sometimes you don’t. That covers
the basic responsibilites of the pitcher.

6 thoughts on “Baseball Positions & Roles : How to be a Pitcher

  1. I have watched every one of this morons presentations and he is a fountain of misinformation. Could he have possibly played or is he the "classic" small town youth coach who has a couple titles and everyone worships? Then they get exposed to PROPER BASEBALL and say, "Shit, that guy new nothing!"

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