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.