Catchers do not need to know who is covering
On a recent video post I mentioned that we all have pet peeves as coaches. In the video I explained why a shortstop yelling “inside” or
“outside” to a first basemen on a 3-6-3 double play irks me. To see the video, click HERE.
Today’s post involves another one of my pet peeves. This time it involves catchers.
With a runner on first base, how many of you have seen a catcher move out in front of home plate and get the attention of the middle infielders to see which one is covering second base on the steal?
I’ve seen it too many times. Even at the high school level where the catchers should know better.
There is ABSOLUTELY no need for a catcher to know who is covering. His job is to throw it to the bag if the runner steals. That’s it. It is the job of the middle infielders to determine who is covering. That will sometimes be determined on a pitch by pitch basis depending on the count, outs, who is batting, etc. In fact, if the batter/other team knows who is covering – because the middle infielders have just announced it – they have a distinct advantage because if a hit-and-run is on, the batter now knows where to hit the ball.
I love take-charge catchers who are very vocal generals on the field. There aren’t enough of them. However, there are some things that should remain silent. Knowing who is covering second base on the steal is one of them.