Trick plays in baseball 4 of 4


The fourth and final video in our baseball
trick plays series coming up next. Our first video in the series we dealt with
tricks that catch runners off bases. The second video dealt with tricks the offensive
team could use. And our third video focused on 1st and 3rd
plays. If you haven’t seen those yet, I recommend
starting with the first video in the series as it sets the parameters for what we deem
to be a “Trick Play” In this fourth and final video we will focus
on some random plays, not all of the plays I’d personally use as they aren’t just
considered Bush League plays, but border on poor sportsmanship. Others just are not successful very often. So while I am not advocating all of these
plays, here are a few more teams have used. Not every team knows that a foul tip is a
live ball. Using that knowledge can get you out. How it can work is having a smart shortstop
that says, “Foul Ball” to the runner as he gets to 2nd. You might even add a fan yelling it to appear
just a random guy. The runner that stole second heads back to
first and gets tagged out. That’s BUSH LEAGUE 100%, but late in a championship
game, who knows. Here is a game where we had to stop the other
teams coaches from sending their runner back. We were up by 10 runs anyway and this was
a BPA tournament with good umpires that wouldn’t have let such a crappy move work regardless. The next video is the same thing at the LLWS,
but the defense didn’t get the out. Deeking the runner. This one works more than you might think. Here Derek Jeter is in a rather famous clip. Another option is this catcher Adley Rutchman
acting like the throw is NOT coming hoping the runner slows down. We also see out fielders pretending they are
going to catch a fly, middle infielders pretending a ball is being thrown in from right field
when it got past the outfielder. There is one important issue. You MAY NOT pretend to tag a runner. That is obstruction. So NO fake tags allowed in baseball. Another trick you can try is for the batter
to entice a balk by acting like time was called just as the pitcher starts his delivery. This isn’t legal but too many umpires and
coaches don’t know the rules so players do try it. A better option is to use this on a 3-0 count. Rather than just standing there taking a 3-0
pitch, you drop your bat and step back as the pitcher starts. Just don’t leave the batter’s box. In high school stepping out of the box when
the pitcher is already in his delivery is an automatic strike. Here is a play that worked sometimes for us
with 8 – 10 year olds. Bases loaded and the catcher back picks to
first which gets the runner on 3rd to come home where we get the out. It usually takes two back picks to first. The first one and the coach is seen telling
his runner if we do that again to run home. It’s like fish in a barrel when it works. Requires a decent first baseman who can get
the ball back. Once players get older, this trick doesn’t
work and is too risky. This next one we’ll toss into the “trick
play” bag, but I’d not suggest doing it when ESPN cameras are everywhere. It’s a real poor sportsmanship, but it is
done so you might as well know about it. For a pitcher, here is a trick pick off move
to first for a lefty or 3rd for a righty. I have two videos clips of this move attempted
but netier time did it work. I am sure it’s worked in high schools around
the country. It requires a baserunner who doesn’t go
back to the base just because the pitcher stepped off. And last but not least is the catcher back
pick to 2nd base. In Little League this works as a trick, and
yes, we are still leaving it wide open as to what we call a trick. The play requires the catcher to quickly throw
the ball back to the pitcher after every pitch. The same motion he’d use on a back pick
to second. At some point if a runner is at second long
enough, they get lazy getting back or turn their heads. Once the catcher sees that he simply throws
down. Very simple and worked for us a few times. We actually had a good 2nd baseman who heard
about the play and begged us to try it. Here is that pick off.

39 thoughts on “Trick plays in baseball 4 of 4

  1. Love The video. Great series of videos. I have personally pulled the last trick ( 6:40 ) and it worked very well.

  2. Shouldn't the Short Stop saying FOUL BALL to the Runner be the same as Faking a Tag at the Runner. Obstruction?
    A Warning to the SS and Team and a potential Advancement of the Runner.
    The Runner should AT LEAST receive the base he earned… 2nd Base in this case.
    If not. Why not? Can anybody explain that to me?

  3. At 5:41 we do that when there is a person on 1st and 3rd so if the person on first goes the person on 3rd goes and we didn’t throw it to second it works if you do It right

  4. I coached 12U rec softball, long ago. One opposing team was very athletic, well coached, and often stole home on the catcher pitcher exchange. I taught my 3rd baseman to shoulder up to the runner off third. The catcher would throw to 3rd baseman. The shortstop would backup the play a few feet behind 3rd base. If the runner broke home, we would usually hose her with our two short throws, rather than the usual two 60' throws. Subsequently, the runner would safely retreat back to 3rd. After a few of these exchanges, we'd call "Daffy" as in duck. The shortstop would backup right near 3rd base. The catcher would throw to the bag. The 3rd baseman would duck. It occasionally worked.

  5. We did a play we called 52 special. Man on 3rd and 2nd. Guy on 2nd attempts to steal 3rd base ( have to run to about 5 feet from the base) while the guy on third stands on 3rd and yells to go back! If the catcher throws to 2nd, the guy on 3rd runs home and the guy that was on 2nd stays at 3rd. Worked one time but next game the catcher was smart enough to run to 3rd, fortunately the guy made it back to 2nd safe. Another play that worked for us was man on 2nd, short stop covers then runs back to position. Center field creeps toward 2nd as short heads back, then the pitcher turns and fires to center field for the tag. Last one is man on 3rd gets big leads after pitch to entire e the catcher. After 3 times pretend to fall down, if the catcher throws to 3rd run home.

  6. The runners won’t even pay attention to the ball because they are stealing. Most of the time they will just believe you and go back. Make sure you just don’t point to first tho

  7. Just found your page cause of these videos… man you sound so much like whiteboy 7th st the guy that used to do call of duty videos

  8. A trick I used to use was once I got to second and there was no one on third. I would get big lead offs, while watching for a pick from the catcher, pausing after the pitch and slowly walking back to second. (*Note: This usually worked later in the game when the catcher was getting tired.) If the catcher started lobbing the throw back to the pitcher, I would act like I was turning to go back, but take off for third as soon as the ball left the catchers hand. By the time the pitcher got it and threw it to third I was in safely, and in most cases he hurried the throw and threw it away. I got to sliding and coming up standing since 90 percent of time if he threw it he threw it away and I could easily score. Only once, because I did it to them earlier in the season, did the pitcher not throw to third. I looked at him and grinned, he yelled you're not getting it that easy again.

  9. I don't know if I consider this a trick play but I'll share it anyways. I use to tag sliding baserunners out usually with out tagging them. Just swipe real quickly then show the Ump the ball with confidence. If there's two outs you can even start running back to the dugout before the call is made. I remember my coach teaching me that one and it worked like a charm. I remember a kid bitching at the ump protesting the call haha.

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