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Old 01-16-2020, 08:20 AM
Damuri Ajashi is online now
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Originally Posted by N9IWP View Post
Rally basic question-- how does the catcher determine what pitch will work best and why can't the pitcher figure that out on his own?

The catcher has to know what pitch is coming otherwise you get a lot of passed balls and a lot of stolen bases. The communication goes from catcher to pitcher because a signal from the pitcher can be read by the batter and the pitcher might as well be yelling the signals to the catcher, and that sorta defeats the purpose.

Catchers can also relay signals from the manager and coach.

My catching coach believes its because:
Pitchers= the dumb
Catchers= the smart

This is not necessarily true but a catcher will frequently know the batters better than the pitcher, especially a relief pitcher.