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Baseball Catcher Stance

Baseball Catcher Stance vs Comfort Stance

 

So I was fortunate. I had a lot of great coaches in my career. One of my favorite coaches was Tony Pena. It was when I was with the New York Yankees. Tony was flamboyant. He was exciting. He’s one of the greatest catchers to ever play this game. He’s often remembered for one of his one baseball catchers stance. He would have a way of being on the ground, leg out to the side on a knee. Yeah that’s the picture. And when he would set up like this, you wondered how he’d even get up. But that was his comfort stance. And in today’s lesson were going to talk about your comfort stance. Well what is a comfort stance?

That is where there’s nobody on base. There’s not two strikes on the hitter. This is where we have to be comfortable as a catcher. This is where we want to spend our game. We want to sit here. We need to be able to sit here. We need to be able to have tee sitting here like this. So how do we get to this. First off we want our feet to be a little bit like a duck. Our feet are spread out and our rear end is basically resting on our calves at this point. If you can’t get down there I understand. It’s going to be different for each catcher. Not every catcher looks the same. But we want to be as low as possible. The reason is we want to give the pitcher the lowest target we can possibly give him.

The other thing is we want to make sure our glove is as wide and open because pitchers like to see a big target. Their not perfect but they want something to aim at that’s going to give them the best chance to succeed. And are job as a catcher is to give them that. Were here to help that pitcher do better each day. That is a major job of the catcher. So when were in our comfort stance we want to be as low as possible. Our chest is square to the pitcher. We don’t want to be turned to far sideways. We don’t want to be sitting to straight up. We want to be nice and low right here for the pitcher. Yeah just like that.

We also want to make sure are bare hand is behind our back. Here’s what I want you to do. Tuck your thumb in wrap your hands around it. It’s basically a fist. A nice loose fist with our thumb tucked in. Now put this behind your back. Because I can promise you. If this hands exposed and gets hit, it hurts. You don’t want to find out yourself although I’m sure you will. Keep this hand behind your back. Our target’s low at the knees. This way our pitcher has the best chance to succeed. So this is our comfort stance. Were nice and low. Were making him look good. That’s our job. Were catchers. So next time your behind the dish. Give the pitcher a low target. Give him a chance to succeed. And have a great game.

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Catcher Signals

A Catcher’s Stance and Catcher Signs

 

So catchers are basically the managers on the field. We tell the pitcher where to get over. Were in charge of a whole lot of things that take place out here. Were leaders on the field. We have to. Were the only one’s that see the whole field. It’s a rule that if you don’t like it, don’t catch because you have to be a leader.

So were going to talk about giving catcher signals. Once again were in control of this. A sign might be coming from our manager in either dugout or were just telling the pitcher what we believe he should do. From this stance, like we talked earlier, were in our stance to give signs. We got our third base coached blocked. We got our first base coach blocked. We want to give our signs. We want to give them in a way where only our pitcher and our middle infielders can see them.

Now when we talk about giving signs it’s not a big deal if there’s no one on base because there’s not that many people out there that can see them. But if there’s somebody on second base, that’s a little different. If there’s somebody on first that can also be different.

We want to use multiple signs. We want to disguise it because this is our information. This is not public knowledge. We don’t want everybody to know what’s coming. If a hitter knows what’s coming he’s sure going to put some damage into your pitcher.

The other part of that is if a guy on first base knows what’s coming and he sees a breaking ball, he knows it’s a good chance to run. He knows the pitch is going to be slower. That’s why we want to keep these closed. It’s always a good time for a base runner to steal when there’s a breaking ball coming because it’s probably going to bounce. No matter what, it’s going to be slower. So that’s why we want to stay closed and give good signs.

I’m going to give you a few examples of different sequences to use. One of them that’s often used, way to often, would be second sign. So we’d go three, one, two, one. That would be a fastball. That’s pretty basic. Some more in depth ones would be sign after two. So it would be three, two, one, three. That would be a fastball also.

There’s a lot of different sequences you can use. Look the idea is to keep the man on second from knowing what’s coming or a man on first from knowing what they want to run. We don’t want this hitter to know what’s coming. This is our knowledge. Were in control of this. So the next time your behind home plate, keep them to yourself. Disguise them a little bit. Don’t tell everyone what’s coming and have a great game behind the dish.


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Catcher Stance – Giving Baseball Signs

Giving Baseball Signs to the Pitcher

 

Giving Baseball Signs To The PitcherAll sports have they’re different stances. Golfers stand over the ball like this. Tennis player kind of bend they’re knees in an athletic stance. Football players, the quarterback’s under center in his own little special stance, lineman even get down to a three point stance. Baseball players tend to stay in an athletic stance with their glove out in front of them, but catcher’s, us catcher’s, we get stances all our own. In fact we have three different stances.

 

Today’s lesson, we’re going to talk about our catchers stance to give signs. What we want to do, we come down, we’re on our toes, we’re set up high, our chest is up. By bringing our heels apart, it brings our knees together. Our knees keep our third base coach and first base coach from seeing our signs, because our signs are for our team, not for everybody else. Our glove is going to cover our left knee. So we’re here, this blocks the third base coach, our knee blocks the first base coach. The only people we want to know what we’re throwing, is the pitcher and our middle infielders out there.

 

So our sign’s going to be up against our cup. We’re going to be directly down with our signs. We don’t want them forward, we don’t want them backward, we don’t want them too low. We want our pitcher to see them. We want our middle infielders to see them. We don’t want everybody in the stands to know what’s coming. It’s for our knowledge, not there’s. We’re trying to get them out, just like they’re trying to do to us. So next time you’re behind the plate, close up your knees, hold that sign right up here and have a great game.

 

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