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Stealing bases vs. hit and run

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Most frustrating thing is to watch Trout get doubled up on the bases when he is on 1st base.


Is Trout slower because of the weight? I can't understand why Trout is being chained to the bases. Last season he was off to the races running early in the count not on freaking 2-2 or 3-2 counts

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Seriously what is the difference between the steal and the hit and run? I don't know and we always get thrown out on the hit and run.


In a hit and run the runner generally has a smaller lead and waits to take off until the pitcher has committed to throwing to the plate. The batter is obligated to try to make contact even on a bad pitch to prevent the runner from being thrown out. Usually used with slower runners (like trumbo) and or in counts where fastballs are expected to be thrown. 


In a straight steal, runner takes off at his own discretion typically take a bigger jump. Runner typically takes off before the pitcher throws, therefore a pickoff attempt or a pitch out may be used by the pitcher to counter. In this case the batter's approach is only to hit if they can make quality contact for a hit, otherwise take pitches so the runner can take the extra base. 

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On a hit and run the runner has to make sure that the pitcher is going home before taking off.  They get a late jump almost always and have a smaller lead.  The importance is that the batter gets the bat on the ball.

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