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Pitching & Throwing / Inside Move to 2nd Base

by Sam Ellis

Ellis is a former MLB pitcher who was signed out of Mississippi State University by the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent in 1961. He made his major league debut in 1962. After spending part of 1962 and all of 1963 in the minor leagues, he rejoined the Reds in 1964, going 10-3. In 1965, Sammy won 22 games, including 15 complete games and was selected as a National League All-Star. In 1968, after being traded by the Reds, he played for the California Angels. In 1969 he pitched for the Chicago White Sox, before being traded to the Cleveland Indians. After retiring from active playing, Sammy was a Major League pitching coach with the New York Yankees (1982-1984), Chicago White Sox (1989-1991), Chicago Cubs (1992), Seattle Mariners (1993-1994), Boston Red Sox (1996), and the Baltimore Orioles (2000). In between those stints at the major league level, he was a roving minor league coach and instructor for several organizations.

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Coach Sammy Ellis teaches us how to keep an aggressive runner at second base honest and possibly pick him off in this video. The Inside Move is a safe and effective way to make sure the runner on second base doesn't get a huge jump and steal 3rd on you. The best part of this move is, you don't have to throw the ball, it may even tip off the batter at home if he is in a bunting situation. All in all the Inside Move is something you need to have in your game plan as a pitcher.
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