The ability to explode out of a base rotation is often where the play is made, and you can increase their opportunities even more by getting athletes comfortable with the lateral run.
As a kid I was always fascinated with two things: running fast and baseball. My first vivid memory of the powerful impact that running speed can have on a baseball game came during the 1995 World Series when the Atlanta Braves played the Cleveland Indians.
I was pulling for the Braves and whenever the Indians’ Kenny Lofton came to the plate I would get very nervous. And if he made it on base with no one on in front of him I’d break into a sweat.
The reason? Lofton’s speed and the presence of it was extremely disruptive to the Braves pitching staff and their defense.