Trick plays in baseball 3 of 4


In our third video of the Baseball Trick plays
series we will cover two trick plays with runners on 1st and 3rd. If you haven’t seen the first video in this
series, make sure to watch that one as it provides some context to the series. Runners on first and third situations are
worked on by teams often. So often that any opponent will expect a “trick”
play. What they typically don’t expect at the
youth level is for the team to NOT have a trick play on and for the catcher to actually
throw down to 2nd. But there are still some hidden gems in the
1st/3rd trick bag. Here are two trick plays that will catch some
teams completely by surprise. The first of the plays has been deemed illegal
in some leagues so you’ll have to check the rules you play by. Here is the play as it worked for us against
an unsuspecting team in spring of 2018. The play requires the pitcher to make a good
fake throw to 3rd, then turn and catch the runner at 1st who was planning on stealing
second on the pitch and once your leg goes up, thinks you are committed pitch. Where most pitchers mess this up is that they
don’t lift their front leg and pause before stepping. If they fake over too fast, the runner at
first will not be fooled. You have to get the timing down right. This play is still allowed in High School,
Little League and BPA leagues. Major League Baseball, USSSA and now even
College has banned it so check the rules before having a balked called against you. Our second video has caused some real controversy
between high schools. Personally I don’t understand why it’s
such an issue for consternation, but it has been. This play is called the “Skunk in the outfield”
and is likely one of the more ingenious plays thought up as it is legal at every level and
depends on a correct understanding of the rules. Before we watch the examples I’ll explain
it with the use of a diagram. Runners are on 1st and 3rd in a tie game or
very close game in late innings. The runner on 1st takes his lead all the way
out here. In right field. This is actually a legal lead. There is no established baseline until a play
is being made on the runner. The goal is to get the defense to make an
attempt on this runner. The runner out here is limited to what he
can do once a play is being attempted. He can only run straight to a base…this
is the baseline. If he heads to second and they throw to the
shortstop, he now needs to take THIS path back to 1st. He can not go back to where he was as doing
so would take him out of his newly established baseline. The rule on the baseline is simple. If a play is being made on the runner that
runner must take a direct path to the base without deviating more than 3 feet on either
side. Obviously once they attempt a play on the
runner in the outfield, the runner on 3rd scores. The offense is simply giving up an out for
a run. The correct defense is to ignore the runner
in right field and allow him to look like a fool while you pitch to the batter. You don’t care about that runner in this
game situation. BUT since this is so remarkably odd, the defense
thinks they have to do something. They are thrown into confusion. Here is an example that I found of this play
actually being used. If we re-look at this play the runner on first
retreats back to the outfield and the umpires should have called him out for leaving the
baseline. They did say afterwards that they missed that. The confusion apparently took the umpires
off guard too. What are your thoughts on these two trick
plays… and don’t miss our fourth and final video on Baseball Trick Plays.

24 thoughts on “Trick plays in baseball 3 of 4

  1. First move is illegal unless you step off the rubber first, but if you do that then the runner will probably not be fooled. however, It used to be legal before 2013.

  2. All I have to say about standing in Right field as a runner is that I as a catcher would be legitimately confused. But if unless it's a 1 run ball game I definitely want to make that throw to first. But yes the smart thing to do would to be to pitch for a double play or maybe attempt pickoff at 2nd? That way he would have to go straight to first and you are coming closer to the plate as you walk towards them?

  3. Both good trick plays to use if they are legal in your particular league. But both difficult to teach to younger children.

  4. We used to run a similar play but instead of the runner going to the outfield he would just take off on the pitch and half way to second he would trip.

  5. @4:33 by these rules which you describe accurately the runner is out. He has violated is new created base path.

  6. What if for your first trick play your pitcher is a lefty, my team has 4 Lefty's on it and all of us are pitchers.

  7. the first one IS illegal. you can’t pick off to third and then throw to first. that’s literally a balk.

  8. It's so dumb that MLB outlawed the 5-3 move. Especially because they did it because of time. At the very most, the move is used a few times a game and takes up 5 seconds.

  9. 3:40 no the correct defense is not to just ignore the runner that is in between 1st and 2nd. The correct defense is to

    1. step off
    2. Look back the runner at third.
    3. The 2nd baseman then steps up in between the runner and the 2nd base bag.
    4. The pitcher then throws the ball to the 2nd baseman that is in between the 2nd base bag and the runner, ahead of the runner.
    5. A rundown now ensues. If the runner from 3rd breaks for home before you can tag the runner at 1st, then you throw home

    The video provided is just showing players not knowing how to properly execute a rundown

  10. "Skunk in the Outfield" has been deemed illegal in NCAA and runner will be called out for abandonment.

  11. The first one you show and explain. I know you said it's illegal in some leagues, but do you know why? That move is actually illegal in MLB now, when it never used to be.

  12. I saw that in a game in my home town one time. Ridiculous. It's amazing that a team has to go through hours of looking through the rule books to try to scratch out a run. Earn your runs. Swing the bat!

  13. Our umpires would be lost !! They are high school kids most the time who play ball. Good kids but little training.

  14. The skunk in the outfield was called the house play when I was in high school, because the base path looked like the roof of a house. They outlawed it in our district after my sophomore year, probably because only one school ran it and the umpires didn't want to deal with it. Also, the runner took his lead all the way in front of the right fielder and we were told he had to keep going back to that spot to run between first and second base

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