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					Baseball Strategies - Which Ones Should You Follow

<p>One of the most intriguing areas of baseball is the use of different
baseball strategies. People seem to know intuitively that using the right
baseball strategies can help your team win and make good teams great. But
the problem is trying to figure out what strategies to follow and when to
use them. Nothing can get so heated and controversial as a discussion
about what is the best strategy to use in a given situation among so
called"baseball experts". For this reason, we have put together a list of
tips to help you sort through the various strategies and find the ones
that will benefit your team the most.</p><p>1. <u>Experience of the
advice giver</u>. This is important in determining how much credibility
you should give to the proposed strategy. Has he been able to test out
this strategy or is this more of mental exercise for him? If he isn't
willing to test his strategy, I would be inclined to pass on it without
further support.</p><p>2. <u>Key on quantitative results when you
can</u>. When you hear a certain baseball strategy proposed, are numbers
used to back it up? Also, do these numbers really key in on what is
important? If the coach is pushing a strategy and does not have numbers
to back it up, you have to wonder how solid a strategy it is. Also, it is
important to make sure the numbers used are actually relevant. For
instance, if he is using batting average to determine whether a batter
should swing away on a 3 and 0 pitch, is this really the best number to
use? Wouldn't slugging percentage be a better number to use because a
single is essentially the equivalent of a walk?</p><p>3. <u>Don't be
afraid to challenge long standing assumptions</u>. Many things in
baseball are the way they are because of custom and tradition. This does
not mean they are the best way of doing things. Be willing to challenge
certain assumptions. If you can not find legitimate reasons why one
should not do something, odds are there are not any.</p><p>4. <u>Be
willing to be a trailblazer</u>. Don't be afraid to try out different
strategies, especially if they challenge existing assumptions. Just
because no one else has thought of it does not mean that it won't work.
Instead, I recommend you test these strategies in situations where the
stakes are low. For instance, why not test these strategies in summer
league games, pre-season games and regular season games where their
impact will be minimal. The idea here is to find strategies that will be
successful in the playoffs or helping your team reach the playoffs. By
testing your strategies, you get to see first hand how successful or
unsuccessful they really are. This is great to know when wondering
whether to use one when deep in the playoffs.</p><p>5. <u>Strategies can
have success rates at different baseball levels</u>. If you are a youth
or high school baseball coach, it is easy to become in awe of the major
leagues and the baseball strategies their coaches espouse. However, just
because a strategy works well at that level does not mean it will work
well at yours. Also, there are plenty of strategies that will work far
better at the youth and high school level that would not work well in the
major leagues. For this reason, keep this in mind when looking at certain
strategies. The real question is will this strategy work for my team
based on our league? How you answer this will dictate whether you should
move forward in testing it.</p><p>Stop wasting time and energy trying to
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