Trick plays in baseball 1 of 4


The next four videos will deal with Baseball
Trick plays….not including the hidden ball trick…. There isn’t a lot of room within the rules
of baseball to allow for trick plays, so I will be using a wide definition of the term
TRICK. The first video will focus on two tricks the
defense can use against runners on second base. The next video will focus on two tricks runners
can use. The third video will have one of each. The fourth and final video is a work in progress. Reactions to these videos will vary and for
the record, I’m not a big fan of using up practice time to work on trick plays when
I could be working on teaching the game; that being said, kids do like them so picking one
to try and have fun with isn’t really that bad. Our first trick play is a High School play
almost exclusively. I’ve seen a college team try it, but the
runner didn’t bite and they looked a little foolish Here are a few examples of the play. llllIt’s self explanatory so I’ll spare you
the needless commentary. This next trick play was done against us in
the spring of 2018. It’s a play to get the runner at 2nd and
I’ll let it run out and then add some context. The the key to this play is to use it sparingly. They did attempt it twice prior to catching
this runner and when I checked the video I realized that when I brought it up to the
dugout telling kids to watch for it, this runner that was caught was up to bat so he
was the one player who didn’t hear me and likely didn’t notice it from the batter’s
box. There are two things I really like about this. 1) It’s simple and simple plays can work. They don’t eat up hours of practice time. 2) The trick would actually work a lot as
runners on 2nd routinely extend their lead when the shortstop returns prior to the pitch. Finally, it even earned the respect of at
least one kid in the dugout.

36 thoughts on “Trick plays in baseball 1 of 4

  1. This play works far less often when attempted on a first base runner because it is very likely that the base coach will see that the pitcher held the ball, but at second base this is lethal.

  2. Here is a hidden ball trick used against us. I had my back turned to the play, so I missed it. We had our best hitter and tying run at the plate in a tourney game and this play ended the game (we were home team). These were 180 foot fences with a good chance to hit a dinger. You win some and lose some in baseball. https://youtu.be/9QXmK5HbKRo

  3. my team tried using the bad throw trick play in u14 because we were really bad and really desperate and it ended in a pickle that we lost

  4. Leading off at second base was always the most nerve wracking thing. Those middle infielders were just so quick to get back to the bag.
    Is the best solution just to not be so aggressive with a primary and secondary lead at second? What are we trying to gain being so far off the base anyway? Advancing on a passed ball I guess. Should score on a base hit to the OF regardless.

  5. Was this Miami, OH or Miami FL that were playing Wichita?
    Edit: 1982 College World Series Champions University of Miami (FL). I was at both Miami/Stetson regional games this year.

  6. I know a trick play pop up the pither call if runner that hit the is running or if the runner at 1st base is going then drop the ball on purpose then if none of the runers run and runner at 1st takes three steps of thats an easy double play

  7. There was a team in my league that did a hidden ball trick every. Single. Play. You could tell that their coaches were EXTREMELY bad at their jobs. The sad thing about it is that they weren’t even good at it. Here’s an example. One time I was on third base. The pitcher tried picking me off, and I was safe. The third baseman didn’t throw the ball back (duh), but the pitcher STEPPED. ON. THE. MOUND. That team was only decent at hitting. Their pitching? Bad. Their defense? God awful. That team was pathetic.

  8. Trying that 2nd Play to 1st or 3rd you take a risk of the Umpires getting fooled… and then ruining you play. Here is how.
    So imagine you do fool the Umpire.. he believes the ball has gone past 1st (or 3rd) and because he cannot see the ball he might believe the ball has gone OUT OF PLAY. So he calls TIME and begins to award the Bases the Runner gets for the ball going OUT OF PLAY. If he calls TIME before you have made that OUT… shame on YOU because that TIME is going to stand and NEGATE that play.
    This is more likely to happen with HS or below Umps who sometimes react TOO EARLY… it probably shouldn't happen with D-1 or Above Umps. Small College… depends they can sometimes be too GREEN also.
    You run that play to 2nd… and you fool the Ump there is NO WAY no matter how well you tricked him that he believes the ball has gone OUT OF PLAY. He believes it is somewhere in the Outfield he just cannot see where in the Outfield.
    Don't WASTE you PLAY by giving the Umpire a very real chance to make a mistake.
    And don't waste the play to by getting the out in a bang-bang scenario. Get an OBVIOUS OUT.

    Because AGAIN if you fool the Umpire closest to the play he my still be looking for the BALL (because his training is watch/follow the ball because the ball will lead him too where the PLAY is). The Umpire most likely to SEE this play unfold the Umpire on Home Plate but he will be making the call from over 90 feet away. Don't make him all a bang-bang play from that far away… he will (and probably SHOULD) get the call wrong from that far away 50% of the time on a Bang-Bang play.
    Get an OBVIOUS and UNDENIABLE OUT.

  9. The “bait and switch” play at second when the shortstop cuts in front of the runner at second is my favorite. All the runner has to do is run into the short stop and it’s interference and a free base. Pulled that one probably 10 times when I was 13. Teams just didn’t understand they can’t block the baseline.

  10. The Wichita vs Miami one is 100% the fault of the 1st base coach. He can actually see that no throw was made. He should be yelling stay on the bag

  11. on the witchita play at the end had the first baseman made contact with the runner could the runner be awarded second on the basis of Obstruction?

  12. The trick play at 4:00 is actually one where the shortstop cuts in front of the runner at second base and while that’s happening the catcher drops his glove to the dirt and that tells the pitcher to go and try to pick the blinded runner off

  13. i came up with that witchita play 20 years ago myself as well. guess someone beat me too it. but still glad to see someone use it and it works. our coaches never would even try it. was to complicated they said lol. im like wtf?

  14. quick question… the play shown at 4 minutes in the video. The SS in this play runs around and in front of the base runner somewhat impeading his ability to get back to the bag. yes I get that he probably would have been out anyway but why is this more or less ignored?

  15. Once we had a trick play on accident we acted like there was 3 outs when there was two or we thought so the runner went off the base and the basemen tagged him

  16. How’s the “Wichita Pickoff” not a balk, he does a quick pick and didn’t throw that’s a balk.

  17. you know you can make your videos longer people that want to watch your videos would appreciate it I think.

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