One of the most overlooked tools an infielder has is the art of the tag.
While on the ball field one of the most common mistakes an infielder can make is to go get the ball. A boxer, who lives and dies by the speed of his hands can move a max of 43.3 mph (according to Guiness World Records). While an average 11 year old ball travels at 50-60 mph.
Simply catch the ball at the bag and lay your glove down as the runner slides into it. Or go get it and he will be safe. For every foot the glove travels the runner gains two steps. This is why we always say a catchers pop time does not stop us from stealing his accuracy does.
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