I was enjoying a nice evening at the ball park tonight when something occured to me. Between innings, all the players will come out and go to their positions. The first baseman will throw ground balls to the rest of the infield, while two of the outfielders throw a ball back and forth, and the third throws with a catcher from the bullpen. The pitcher is throwing to the catcher. After a few minutes, maybe 5, the fielders will get rid of their balls, and the pitcher will make one more pitch. The catcher throws the ball to the second baseman, like someone is stealing. Then, the second baseman throws to the shortstop, who throws to the third baseman, who throws to the pitcher, and the inning starts.
My question is where did this warm up routine originate? I remember doing this when I played little league, and it never occured to me to ask why we did that way. Anyone out there know?
Along with that, what about the strike out routine, where upon catching the last strike, the catcher throws to the third baseman, who throws to the shortstop, who throws to the second baseman, who throws back to the third baseman, and then he throws it to the pitcher?