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Baseball is a game of individuals and confrontations between individuals At that moment when the pitcher stares into the catchers mitt scratches himself gets into his windup and fires the pitch home its all between him and the batter There may fielders in set and ready position on the field baserunners languishing off their bases and teammates and coaches watching anxiously from the dugout but during those few nanoseconds of drama baseball becomes a two player game Likewise on virtuall any play - a flyball a grounder a popup etc - all attention focuses only on the fielder and perhaps the runner that he will attempt to throw out All plays that is except for the hit-and-run Simply put a hit and run is a play in which a runner on any base usually first takes off as soon as the pitcher releases the ball and the batter at the plate attempts to make contact no matter what kind of pitch he gets and wherever its thrown Wi the exception of a double steal the hit and run is the only play in which two players on the offensive team work in conjunction with one another The coach or manager who makes the call must take care to select an instance in which the runner can get decent jump and the pitcher throws a good pitch to hit The batter must make every attempt to put the ball in play or if he cannot do anything he can to protect the runner meaning he must time and place his swing accurately enough to block the catc rs ability to see the fielder covering second and throw accurately Obviously the hitter and runner both have to be aware that they will be attempting to execute a hit and run and the pitcher has to be careful to both hold the runner and throw a good tch making a hit-and-run one of the few
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