Ok catchers, it’s your turn...that’s right; you inspire just as many Pet Peeves as the other position players!
As I continue on with some Pet Peeves shared by myself and other baseball coaches, it is now time to reach out to the leaders on the field, the only players on defence that play in foul territory, the defensive players who are supposed to be the field generals...the catchers. Yes, that’s right, the ones that are to lead by example & take ownership with the pitcher. Well, guess what guys? As much praise as you get for being these types of players, you do inspire a number of baseball Pet Peeves that drive coaches up the wall and some of these Pet Peeves are simply unwise and unproductive as far as your own development behind the plate. In addition, these Pet Peeves can have a major influence on the outcomes of games - therefore, it is critical you all take note to these and minimize any that you know can be controlled:
1.Walking to and from your position...my lord, you are only talking about 60-75 feet from the dugout. In some cases, the distance might be less. In any event, if you can’t sprint to the plate and always beat the pitcher (unless on base when inning ends or on deck), then there is a major problem. Hey, have you ever heard the word hustle? Well that goes for you catchers as well. You are not special; you do not get special hall passes; you are part of the team and that means hustle on and off the field. Because your distance is the closest (corner positions could be just as close), you had better be one of the first three position players to get to and from your position every start and end of inning.
2.Holding the frame...