Other Skills

Leadership – A Catchers Most Important Skill

From calling pitches and defenses to working with pitchers and umpires, catchers have a wide range of responsibilities that require intelligence, tact, baseball sense, and above all, leadership. One of the most important qualities for a catcher to posses is the ability to lead…

Relays, Cutoffs, and Plays at Home

Your job as a catcher is to direct the defense when the ball is put in play. A number a situations arise throughout the course of a game where you will have to align a cutoff man to home or call out where a relay throw should go…

Catcher Signals to Pitcher

The information in this post deals exclusively with communication between the pitcher and the catcher. The most common way for the catcher to relay a sign to the pitcher, or call a pitch, is using the fingers of his throwing hand…

Calling a Game – Catcher

Calling your own game requires you to pay attention to details. Keep mental notes on hitters, runners, pitchers, as well as opposing team tendencies…

Catching Bullpen Sessions

Catching bullpens is certainly not the most glorious job a catcher performs. Bullpens usually consist of long hours of squatting in the pen while pitchers use YOU to work on THEIR game. Actually, catching bullpens, if taken seriously…

Catchers are Responsible for Covering Bases

The catching position is not for lazy players. You are involved in every play either through communication or through action. Besides the catching basics such as receiving, blocking, framing, and throwing, the catcher has other responsibilities that require movement from the home plate area…

Umpire Rapport

Umpire – catcher interaction can best be described as a political dance. The object is to get the most from the umpire through the exchange of information in a manner that does not offend the ump…

Catchers Situations and Plays

This section covers a number of topics that are not large enough to devote an entire post to. Topics covered in this post include signaling plays, bunt coverage, squeeze plays, run downs, pick offs, pass balls and wild pitches, pop ups, double steals, dropped 3rd strike, intentional walks, game pace, and stealing home.