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STRATEGY Baseball General Who Changes Plan to Meet
Conditions More Successful Than One Plan Man.
By Billy Evans.
Variety of attack is essential to
a" club thaJt lands high in a pen
nant race. Teams depending
wholly on one style of play, are
soon out of the running. The
team that mixes them gets re
sults. Speed is valuable, but often
speed is wasted without bringing
the desired results. Let some
leaders get a fast team and they
decide 'such a team should steal
its way, literally speaking, into
the first division, but it is diffi
cult. A fast team has many oppor
tunities to steal, sacrifice or play
the hit and run effectively. When
catchers realize a manager favors
base stealing they invariably call
for two and sometimes three
waste 'balls, hoping to pick the
runner off at second and usually
they are successful.
Any number of teams play for
the run. When a man reaches
first the sacrifice is always used.
It is only a matter of time before
the opposition gets wise to this
and practically certain the sacri
fice will be attempted, they so
shift their positions that a defense
is built that forces out the man
at second more often than he is
When the pitching is air tight
and one run looms up as "big as
a mountain" the sacrifice is a
grand play. Its value can be
.worn out by its continual use.
The successful club mixes
things up. The pilfering game '?P
worked one inning, the hit and
run the next and then the sacri-
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