Catcher - (4 of 9) -

The main concern of a catcher when catching a pitch is to make sure that his glove stays behind the plate (and in the strike zone) after he catches the ball. Many catchers move their glove out of the strike zone for the pitches that are strikes. This will give the umpire the appearance as if the pitch was a ball.

Framing, or funneling, and bringing the pitch from outside the strike zone into the strike zone are traits that many catchers have developed over the years. They can take pitches that are close to a strike and then by framing (as in a picture frame) they will bring their glove around, down, in or up into the strike zone. They can also funnel, catching the ball outside the strike zone and move it in and back towards the center of their body. Framing and funneling are two ways that catchers create strikes on pitches that are, in fact, out of the strike zone.

The most difficult pitch to catch, other than those that are bounced, is the pitch that is moving inside to a right handed hitter or to the left side of the catcher. Many catchers will turn their thumb down and their elbow out to catch this ball. This causes many thumb injuries and it will make the catcher lead that pitch out of the strike zone. Rolling the thumb up and the pinky down is the preferred way so the thumb is now protected from injury. It is now on the top of the glove as the ball is caught and it also allows the catcher to bring that ball back into the plate.

Another trait is for the catcher to move his head slightly to the right as he catches the ball to the left - this gives the umpire a full view of that pitch and keeps the catcher in better balance. As his glove moves away from his body, his head will counteract that movement and move in the opposite direction.

We’ll continue this part of the baseball clinic in the next session so don’t miss it!

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  1. naka-family さんのコメント: (naka-family says):



    (Kantoku, Konbanwa.

    I’d like to express my deepest sympathies about your loss.
    I’m not sure if this would even be a word of comfort to you but please don’t lose your courage and take a good care of yourself.
    I’m thinking of you and praying for your loss, Sr. Joseph P. Valentine, who brought the great Bobby Valentine-kantoku to this world.)

  2. 623 さんのコメント: (623 says):




    (Konbanwa, Bobby!

    I just found out that your father recently passed away on the official Marines’ website.
    Best condolences to you and your family.
    You must be going through a difficult time but hopefully you can spend some time with you family.

    I look forward to seeing you in full spirit at the Marines stadium in the future.)