Harold Reynolds


- Know the tendencies of the pitcher. Know what kind of move the pitcher has and when he is most likely to use his best pick-off move.
- Know the catcher. Different catchers have different arm strengths, and different patterns. Some catchers love to throw behind the runner, picking them off first.
- Know the game situation – the score, the inning, who's at the plate, who's on deck, what the count is, how the dynamic of the game is changed if you steal second or third.
- Have no fear. It is better to be picked off first than thrown out at second. The odds of being picked off first because your lead is too aggressive are far less than the odds of being thrown out at second if your lead is too conservative.

Stretching a Double into a Triple

- Triples are achieved as soon as you leave the batter's box. If you're not aggressive right out of the batter's box, you won't make it.
- Don't worry about the third-base coach. Unless the ball is rattling around in the right-field corner, you have a better view of the ball than the third-base coach.
- Know the position of the fielders, their arm strength, and their tendencies.


- Play defense with your feet. Try to get in front of everything.
- Don't be afraid of the ball. Play the ball, don't let it play you.
- Read the hops. It's like reading a book - the more you read, the more you know. The same is true with fielding a ball. The more hops you can read, the more you know and understand the movement of the ball.

Alvin Davis


- Keep your eye on the ball. Pick up the ball as soon as you can out of the pitcher's hand.
- Anticipate the type of pitch you might expect in each situation.
- Hitting is mostly mental. The one who executes his game plan is the one who comes out on top.
- Use the on-deck circle for mental preparation as well as physical. The hitting situation changes from pitch to pitch. You might be called on to sacrifice, hit behind a runner, put the ball in the air, or drive a single. Be mentally ready before you step into the batter's box.
- Share information with your teammates. Hitting is nine on one. A pitcher may use a certain pattern of attack for each hitter, and knowing that pattern gives you an advantage.

Dealing With a Slump.

- There are two kinds of slumps – physical and mental. The physical slump is due to injury – a sore hand or rib that lengthens the swing. The mental slump is a lack of confidence, sometimes brought on by failure experienced because of injury.
- To correct a mental slump, restore confidence in your ability and swing. Confidence is the result of two things: hard work and success.
- Spend time in the batting cage, working your way out of a slump. Visualize your success while in the batting cage.
- If possible, compare tapes of your successful swings with your slump swings. Sometimes you can detect a swing flaw on tape.

Being a Professional

- Carry yourself in a professional manner no matter what league or situation you are in.
- Act in a manner worthy of who you are and what you do.
- Develop strong character, and understand the privilege of being a ball-player.