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2 Ways To Improve Your Skills As An Infielder

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  1. Zita Carno says:

    Many moons ago, when I was pitching, my incredible coach emphasized one important fact: when a pitcher steps off the rubber, whether it be in completing a pitch or throwing to a base, s/he becomes a fifth infielder and has to be able to do all the things infielders do. Well, I’ve been inactive for some years now (bad knees and osteoarthritis), but I’m well aware of the points Mr.Kata makes here. If more pitchers were aware of the importance of “head behind the glove” and “catch, transfer and throw”, there would be fewer injuries! Thanks for this presentation.

    • K8A says:

      Zita,

      Thanks for the comment. The 2 thoughts at first glance and watch seem very elementary but, like any fundamental, when done properly and incorporated into daily routine pays big dividends. These 2 thoughts can easily be plugged into practice and games today! And yes, they hold true on the mound as well.

      Matt

  2. Don Ervin says:

    Hey, Matt.
    Great advice on your above comments but transfer and throw to target is left out.
    In my ancient days of playing we were taught the basic difference between infielders and catchers throwing arm movements versus outfielders and pitchers throwing arm movements, nowadays , due to the fact that coachjes, players etc are not aware of the difference players throw any old way just to get rid of the ball as I was told by a high school coach. Basically we learned to let the elbow lead the ball in hand out of the glove, back to at app ear level no higher than shoulder height then { in a very short, quick }movement to internally rotate the shoulder and elbow while at the same time externally rotating the fore arm then while still keeping the elbow at shoulder height to internally rotate, extending the forearm on forward to it’s ball release position. The internal rotation of the throwing side hip, shoulder and elbow movent in proper sequence and timing really fires the fore arm and ball in hand.
    The knee triggers the internally rotated hip which triggers the internally rotated shoulder whch triggers the internally rotated elbow which triggers the internally rotated forearm to it’s internally rotated ball release position. This throwing movement sets up and maintains body and arm throwing stability throught the whole throwing movement and is also the quickest and most accurate way to deliver the ball to it’s target.
    I coach here in Springfield Mo. in our fall ball league and talk to numerous coaches, players, and parents etc within all levels and the lack of proper individual skills, throwing and fielding fundamentals stone walls me to no end.
    Zita what you say about all nine players on defence becoming fielders when the ball is put into play and when so each one has a place to be whether to back up or to make the play reminds me of a comment on CNN made by Buck Showalter concerning this subject which is so important as to whether a ball in play turns into a positive or negative action, most players on defence especially outfielders never move until after the fact then wonder why runners run at will on them.
    What are you guy’s thoughts on the research of Dr. Andrews, Tom House, NPA, Brent Pourciau, Top Velocity etc?
    I, as you guy’s could go on and on but I have probably said enough.
    Don Ervin
    dfervin32@yahoo,com

    • Lantz says:

      Don,

      Thanks for commenting. I will allow Matt to answer most of your questions. I think we could all learn something from everyone in the pitching and baseball instruction world. I’m not going to say anything negative about anyone but I’m biased and “think” that the pitching instruction found on this site is pretty good 😉

      Again, thanks for commenting!

      Lantz

  3. K8A says:

    Don,

    I appreciate the comments. I just scratched the surface in my short video describing 2 of the biggest adjustments that I made as an infielder. There is no doubt things that need to be in line mechanically when you throw as an infielder. But before we get to that point, we need to get into the proper fielding positions first. A good fielding position gets us into a good throwing position. The same concepts that Lantz talks about with pitching no doubt transfer over to fielding when we are ready to throw. Again, when we get into a good fielding position we put ourselves into a good throwing position.

    The 2 focuses of 1.) Head behind the glove and 2.) Catch…Transfer…Throw are crucial in getting into that good fielding position. I will be getting into more detail on the proper fielding position in future posts but the great part about these 2 keys is that a player and coach can start applying them into everyday practices and routines today!

    I have a very similar approach to when I initially talk about hitting. If all I ever talked about was simply having rhythm at the plate and being on time consistently…by default, you would hit more balls hard regardless of what your mechanics looked like. Of course, adding to that the philosophies of what Hunter talks about on the site and you are on your way to having a high-level swing. This is true with consistently thinking about getting your head behind the glove at all times and then in your mind thinking catch, transfer, and throw.

    Infielders are going to make errors. There will be bad hops, poor throws, lazy feet, etc. When we are relentless about getting our head behind the glove and slowing everything down with catch-transfer-throw, we clean up some of those errors. The errors that MLB infielders make, in my opinion, all revolve around these 2 things being off.

    I’ll cut it short myself and save some bullets for future posts!! I love the comments and exchanges and look forward to future discussions, Don!

    Matt

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