A shortstop or 2nd baseman can turn the tide of an entire game with a great double play.
Double plays are one of the most important, most influential aspects of baseball.
Not only can it save a great many runs from scoring...
Not only can it shift the momentum of a game...
But just the impact on a pitcher's mentality can win or lose games!
A pitcher who doesn't trust his middle infielders to have his back, to get him out of a jam, will pitch to hitters completely differently than one who knows his teammates are behind him.
If you've ever witnessed an intentional walk, then you've seen this principle in action.
But there's far more to it than just that.
A pitcher who trusts his middle infielders isn't afraid of contact.
In fact, he can now expand his strategy beyond just getting strikeouts to now also TRYING to get ground balls.
Now he can get outs faster. He can pitch more strategically. He can keep his pitch count down. This allows him to go deeper into games, and to be more effective against hitters.
The DP is one of those flashy plays that everyone appreciates... but it also has an impact on the game that is far more important than the average fan will realize.
Long story short... double plays are a critical infield skill, and this mini-course will help you turn 2 like a pro.
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Doug Bernier debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and played professional baseball for 16 years (Rockies, Yankees, Pirates, Twins, & Rangers organizations).
He has played every infield position at the Major League level.
In 2012, Doug founded Pro Baseball Insider.com, a platform where MLB and MiLB baseball players and coaches donate their knowledge.
Doug lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and 2 kids, and currently is a pro scout for the Colorado Rockies.