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After being struck in the upper right jaw by an errant throw, 1B Umpire Junior Valentine stayed in Monday's #Cardinals-#Mets game as the first base umpire was blindsided by St Louis shortstop Edmundo Sosa's attempt to retire Mets batter Kevin Pillar when the throw missed first base by a significant...

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Doing LL, BU1 are taught from the very first clinic to watch the flight of the infield throw about 1/3 to 1/2 way to ensure it's online before we shifting focus to 1B - for very obvious reasons at that skill level.

It's understandable at the MLB level that they don't do this. With those being the extremes, I'm curious at what level BUs mechanics change. Is it gradual or a step function?

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