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Old 04-05-2018, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by FlikTheBlue View Post
Hereís another situation Iíve always wondered about. Why does someone attempting to steal a base wait until the pitcher has the ball before taking off? Wouldnít it make sense to try to steal when the catcher is throwing the ball back to the pitcher after a pitch that the batter didnít swing at?
You do see "delayed" steals sometimes, but I suspect it's not as easy as you'd think. When a pitch is coming in, the catcher is in a crouch and usually must stand up to throw it well, may not be catch it cleanly, is watching the pitch intently, and needs to throw the ball 120+ feet to second base, and doesn't really have any "motion" that the runner can run on.

The only advantage a delayed steal has over a regular steal, apart from surprise, is that the cather's throw to the pitcher is going slower. A pitcher throws at about 90 mph or about 120 fps. So it takes the pitch about half a second from the pitcher to the catcher. If the catcher throws back
at half the pitcher's speed (?) you only gain half a second of time, and the pitcher has a much shorter second throw than the catcher would.