Stance

One Knee Stance

If you watch Major League Baseball with any regularity you may have noticed more catchers setting up with one knee down on the ground.  In the 2019 season we have seen a significant increase in this stance being used and many variations of it (see pictures below), including one knee down and the other leg… Continue reading One Knee Stance

Tag plays at home

The Posey Rule

The "Posey Rule" has been part of baseball since the 2014 MLB season.  The original rule, 7.08(b), was reinterpreted in part  due to a collision between Scott Cousins and Buster Posey in 2011.  That collision resulted in Posey missing the majority of that season due to a broken ankle sustained in that collision.  In early… Continue reading The Posey Rule

Blocking, Receiving

How Should a Catcher’s Skills be Prioritized?

I talk to youth baseball coaches frequently about their catchers.  These discussions usually involve conversation around how well (or poorly) their catchers throw on attempted base steals.  It is quite common that a youth coach will place a greater weight on their catchers' throwing ability than they do receiving or blocking.  There are a few… Continue reading How Should a Catcher’s Skills be Prioritized?

framing, Practice, Receiving

Proper Receiving

We talk so much about receiving the pitch as a catcher, it seems maybe the position should be called "Receiver" instead of Catcher.  Regardless, receiving is the most important skill a catcher must learn.  Blocking and throwing are also critical skills for a catcher to learn and master but, those skills are called upon less… Continue reading Proper Receiving