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.