Video on the science of stealing

Found this video interesting.  Watch and share your thoughts.

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Avid Yankee fan since birth. I have been going to Yankee games with my father since i was young. I have many memories at YSII including many playoffs and world series games. I hope that you enjoy our blog. Comment often.

Posted on January 14, 2013, in Misc. News. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Matt, baseball has changed alot in the last 20 years. Sabermaticians have proven that old school baseball like sac bunting and stealing are not what they appear to be. When I coached high school ball we would time the pitcher to home and the catcher to second, then add them both togeter. Let;s say it was 3.5 seconds, we knew how fast our runners could steal, so we knew when to steal. Add to that trying to steal on off speed pitches and our percentage was high. I would never use the sac as a first option, the order was steal first, hit and run second, and bunt third. We also used the squeeze bunt alot more in HS. Today the bunt is not used much in pro ball.

    • Sabermetrics are good for a lot of things but there are still times and places for SBs and Sac Bunts. And I still use my Phone as a stop watch to time pitchers to the plate. Anytime I see a pitcher 1.3-1.4 to the plate I scream for Girardi to send the runners. Bunting, stealing and squeeze plays are much more prevalent in High School because the defenses are much worse.

      • fishjam, I’m sure the Yanks know the times themselves, but as you saw in the video it doesn’t pay to steal unless you are successfull 75% of the time. As for the Sac bunt it has almost been eliminated from pro baseball today. I agree, in HS baseball the coach can steal games much easier than at the higher level because of the play.

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