Baseball Strategies PDF
One of baseball’s most appealing features is that it is a thinking game. Athletes of all sizes can excel with sufficient smarts and skills. And managers from Little League to the major leagues can lead teams to titles with proper preparation and effective decision making.
Now students of the game who are looking for a mental edge need only turn to one complete tactical resource. BaseballStrategies explains what to do, when to do it, and why in all facets of the game.
Part I focuses on the offensive attack, from determining the batting order to sending runners on certain pitches in key situations. Part II gets inside a pitcher’s head with insights on selecting and locating pitches, holding base runners in check, and fielding the position. Part III presents a wealth of defensive tactics, from position-specific responsibilities to situation-specific alignments and plays. Part IV explains how to fine-tune your strategic approach, whether it be adjusting to the level of competition or altering your plan in the middle innings.
Developed by the American Baseball Coaches Association, Baseball Strategies contains the collective wisdom of 18 carefully selected coaches, including several whose teams have won more than 1,000 games and claimed national championships. Draw on the lessons of these experts to make sure you have all the tactical bases covered this season.
Table of Contents
Part I Offense
1 Determining the Lineup and Batting Order
Richard “Itch” Jones
2 Scouting and Studying the Opposition
3 Using Signals for Hitting and Baserunning
4 Hitting Strategy
5 Base Running Strategy
6 Decision Making in Specific Offensive Situations
Part II Pitching
7 Shutting Down Hitters
8 Stopping Baserunners
9 Fielding the Position
10 Working a Game
11 Handling Pitchers
Part III Defense
12 Setting the Line up: Positions 2-9
13 Defensive Positioning
14 Defensive Tactics
Part IV Fine-Tuning Your Strategic Approach
15 Adjusting for Different Levels of Competition
16 Adapting the Game Plan for Different Situations
17 Playing the Game the Right Way
About the Editor
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Jack Stallings finished his coaching career as the winningest active college coach with 1,258 victories. Stallings headed up baseball programs at Wake Forest University (1958-1968), Florida State University (1969-1975), and Georgia Southern University (1976-1999). He also coached the USA national baseball team in the 1979 Pan American Games, the 1970 and 1973 IBA World Tournament, the 1979 IBA International Cup, and the 1984 Olympic Games. Stallings is an associate professor in the department of health and kinesiology at Georgia Southern University. He and his wife, Norma, live near Statesboro, Georgia.
Bob Bennett retired from coaching in 2002 with a career record of 1,302-759-4, ranking him seventh all-time on the Division I win list. In his 34 years as head coach at Fresno State University his teams had 32 winning seasons, won 17 conference championships, made 21 NCAA Regional Championship appearances, and played in two College World Series. Bennett was awarded 14 conference Coach of the Year Awards and an NCAA Coach of the Year Award in 1988. He coached 32 All-Americans, eight of which were first-round draft picks. Bennett also served as head coach of the United States national team in 1983 and 1986. He lives in Fresno, California, with his wife, Jane. They have three children and eight grandchildren.