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Handling Passed Balls

It is certain that no matter how good a catcher is, balls will get past him and roll to the backstop. You can call them wild pitches orpassed balls, but it doesn’t make any difference at the time of the play. The important thing is that the catcher knows how to...

Evaluating a Catcher’s Throw to 2nd

A catcher’s throw down to second base is usually evaluated by determining the elapsed time from the point the pitched ball hits the catcher’s glove, until the ball hits the infielder’s glove taking the throw at 2nd. This time is known as the “Pop Time.” Much...

The Most Wasted 20 Minutes in a Catcher’s Life

It seems that many players and coaches recognize how little time is allocated during practices for catchers to work on their catching skills, like blocking, exchange drills, pickoff throws, and proper handling of passed balls with a throw to the pitcher covering home...

Don’t Ever Let Your Catchers Frame a Pitch

I suspect the title of this article might have got your attention. It would seem that I am advocating having catchers stop doing something that catchers have always been told and taught to do. Actually I am advocating having them use proper receiving techniques, and...
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