|Umpire Mike Estabrook finds The Keyhole.|
In the accompanying video, Mike Estabrook does a textbook job in finding that spot and getting the call right. Estabrook reads the play and understands he has more time because the runner from 1st took his initial step on the pick off to 2nd base. If you feel like you are going to get blocked, why not take a step or two in this case due to a poor throw or the runner's delayed return slide? Reading the play is so important on the bases and this is the new wave approach to plays at 1st. About 20 years ago, Joe West started doing this and I remember thinking, "Wow." West has always been a man ahead of his time. Now you see several of the best taking this play from much closer to the bag where you can actually see the play. We live in an age where getting the call right is the most important thing no matter if we're moving or not on a tag play. So, keep in mind that it's not wrong to be moving, as long as it leads to a better position.
Video: Estabrook runs into the frame at the key moment of Freeman's tag on Hosmer ("Read more")