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Preventing runs as big as scoring runs

The fundamental aspect of hitting the cutoff man still an important part of the game

Originally Published: June 24, 2010
By Doug Glanville | ESPN.com

Let us now praise the outfielder who is as valuable to his team for keeping runners from crossing home plate as he is for driving runners in. Maybe guys like Denard Span or Michael Bourn. Among other things, these defensive wizards know how to use another underappreciated player: the cutoff man.

There is no greater place on the baseball field to manufacture runs than off of the opposing team's outfield. Sure, you can steal on a catcher with a weak arm or take advantage of a pitch ...

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