On this rainy, windy, cold, nor’easter March day, the first thing to come to mind is naturally baseball. Only 22 more days until opening day! Recently I was driving around somewhere and started thinking about catchers. A common thought, right? Specifically as to why they are such bad hitters. It’s just one of those things in baseball – catchers are not known to be good hitters. So why not? Catchers spend their whole careers watching baseballs coming at them. They should be the best players at seeing the ball and recognizing pitches, which is the key for a hitter to be successful. Also, they are experts at the best pitch for a particular situation and getting inside the pitcher’s head. Yet, they typically have low batting averages. Ok, I know, catchers get a lot of abuse with squatting over and over again, having to catch 95mph balls, getting hit all the time, and having to throw the ball back to the pitcher constantly. Still, they have been doing it their whole career and must condition for their job. The advantages of recognizing pitches and seeing the ball better should offset the abuse to at least make them average hitters. Shouldn’t it? From what I could find, the average batting average for all players is around .250. Catchers? Around .220 and, of course, the average for all players would be higher if catchers weren’t included. So the lesson here kids is simple. Become a catcher and learn how to hit, so you can become a Hall of Fame player like Johnny Bench.
Today is National Pi day! So happy:
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen pie advertised. That’s how you know it’s good. They advertise ice cream and other desserts. They advertise the bejeezus out of yogurt, but I haven’t seen one pie commercial.”
– Adam Carolla