By W. P. Kinsella
Within the culture of his bestselling Shoeless Joe, W.P. Kinsella has created one other literary baseball vintage. A hot story of magic, humor and the ability of a moment probability, its hero is Joe McCoy, an unemployed newspaper author who through a few extraordinary conditions is now a fugitive from the FBI. There's just one factor left for Joe to do - move domestic to Iowa and inform his tale to the single males who simply may perhaps think it - Shoeless Joe's Ray Kinsella and The Iowa Baseball Confederacy's Gideon Clarke. This pair, Joe has heard, recognize a specific thing or approximately inexplicable occasions.
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Procedure Set the pitching machine so that it throws ground balls about 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 m) to the third-base side of the cone. Adjust the distance based on the age and ability of the players. The first player in line moves in front of the cone and takes a ready position. The coach feeds a ball into the pitching machine. The player reacts, uses a crossover step, gets to the ball, fields it, and throws to first base. As soon as the first player fields the ball and throws, the next player moves in front of the cone, assumes a ready position, and awaits the next ball.
Because quickness may force errant throws, a premium is placed on fielding in this game. The fielder, by being quick on his feet or with his hands, can save the thrower the work of having to chase down the bad throw and the game can continue uninterrupted. Coaches should start the stopwatch when the first throw is made and then count how many throws are made in a given period. When a throw is errant and not caught, the ball goes back to the point of origination of the bad throw and the game continues.
One subgroup occupies positions at the cone to the left of home plate, third base, and the cone to the left of second; the other subgroup occupies positions at the cone to the right of home plate, first base, and the cone to the right of second. Procedure The first player in each line at the home plate cones starts with a ball. On the coach’s command, players throw balls in the following manner: One ball goes from the rightfield side of home to first base to the right-field side of second and then back to the right-field side of home; the other ball goes from the left-field side of home to third base to the left-field side of second and then back to the left-field side of home.