Catchers Have It Rough

I do not envy catchers. They have to squat for as many as 200 pitches in a game that lasts, on average, three hours. They do that over 100 times during the regular season. Not only that, but they have to handle an entire pitching staff which involves going over scouting reports and dealing with individual personalities. On the field, they’re — at some level — expected to produce offensively while calling a game and playing great defense.

And then there’s this:

Sean Rodriguez bowled into Rangers catcher Mike Napoli in the second inning of Game Four of the ALDS. I wince every time I look at it. Napoli was not able to hang onto the ball, but the Rangers won the game 4-3 and the series 3-1 behind three — count ‘em, three — solo home runs from Adrian Beltre. The Rangers await the winner of Game Five of the ALDS between the Tigers and Yankees on Thursday.

Continue the catcher carnage after the jump…

During the fourth inning of Game 2 of the NLDS on Sunday night, Carlos Ruiz received a jolting blow of his own from John Jay, but the Phillies’ catcher held on to the ball.

Be a pal and hug a catcher. They sure look like they could use one.

Comments (4)

  1. They all go shoulder/elbows to head… that one against philly he even had to lean out of his way to hit him (and by chance avoid being safe with a slide).

  2. My impression of the Cards/Phillies series to date: Fuck Jon Jay.

  3. I know the baseball “purists” will scoff and I have to agree that the play itself is exciting but why do we allow players in a non-contact sport to bowl each other over like this?
    It’s an injury risk to the catcher and the runner and really adds very little drama considering the risk. I would much rather get this play out of the game completely.

  4. @Dave My understanding that the rules are no different for home plate than for the other bases but for whatever reason, blocking the plate with you body and/or bowling over the catcher to dislodge the ball has always been tolerated. It’s purely a cultural thing so getting it out of the game would require something more radical than a rule change. I don’t think anything short of a fatality would cause this practice to be reconsidered.

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