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The Pettis is a cheap-ass technique for getting an infield single. With the Pettis, you use a left-handed batter and purposely try to slap a ground ball deep to short. If timed correctly (and it takes quite some time to get down), the shortstop has no chance to throw out the quicker runners. Named after Gary Pettis, who originated the technique after we realized that there's no legitimate way for him to get on base.