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Jacoby Ellsbury Steals Home: How Did the New York Yankees Let It Happen?

Published by on April 26, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Among the obscurities of baseball—the knuckle ball pitcher, the unassisted triple play,  the suicide squeeze, and perfect games—lies one that is just baffling: stealing home.

Just how does a team let it happen?

Here are three keys to the rarest of thefts:

 

1. A left handed pitcher must be on the mound

This is the first key.

A lefty can't see third without looking over.

There's still no excuse for letting a runner on third get a lead big enough to think about swiping home. I don't care if you have to turn around—don't allow anybody to get that far off the base, and if someone tries, pick him off!

 

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