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Old 05-06-2013, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Two main things

1 - Pitchers basically spend their whole life throwing to right handed catchers. The glove angle and target is totally different for a left hander, pithcers would not like this at all

2 - there are more right handed batters, thus the natural throw is less impeded more frequently
Sorry, I disagree with you on both points. These major league pitchers are a skill set way above what most of us can even fathom. Like wide receivers on professional football teams catching the football from a left handed quarterback, they can easily make any little adjustment needed to pitch to a left handed catcher.

As I stated before, at the major college and especially in the pros, left handed and switch hitting players are very close to an equal number as right handed hitters. Through the strong coaching this level of player has received many were taught at an early age to swing lefthanded even though they are right handed throwers for the reasons I enumerated earlier on this thread. This trend has all but eliminated the disadvantage that a left handed catcher would have.

Also, fielding a bunt and throwing to first would be slightly quicker for a lefty catcher as it would be one step and throw whereas the right handed thrower must have a foot shift.

Basically, with the closing of the gap of left handed hitters to right handed hitters it's becoming a strong possibility that we'll see it in the majors some time. Everyone agrees that when 4 out of 5 hitters batted right handed that a lefty catcher was a handicap.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:14 AM
 
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My son once played on a little league team with two left handed catchers. My son is a righty who bats left and had caught in the past and again in the future, but was never behind the plate that season. He pitched and played shortstop.

This was a ten year old team, so big problems with lefty catchers, except for when my son struck out six in one inning.
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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I used to go to a lot of games in the Nicaraguan League, and noticed that there are almost no lefties, batting or throwing, at any position. I think only one team had a LH pitcher and a LH batter. I asked my friend why that is, and after thinking about for a moment, he explained that every kid in Nicaragua grows up cutting sugar cane, and nobody wants to be in a cane field with somebody swinging a machete left handed.
Must be that kind of day, but I laughed out loud at this comment.....

thanks!

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Old 10-30-2015, 03:42 AM
 
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As a lefty catcher in high school it is still a question I am trying to figure out myself. As far as the throw to third goes, it's a situational thing, if there is a lefty batter, then the throw is almost exactly the same as a right handed catcher throwing to first with a right handed batter in the box. As far as the throw to second with a righty batter it may be a spilt second decision on wether he's safe or out, however as my little league coach, as well as my mom always told me, was that being a lefty catcher means that you always have to be that split second faster and better than everyone else on the field. As far as that goes I have always felt like I did perfectly fine in primarily right hand dominant positions( I played 3rd &short for a couple months in my middle school years) but I was not very good at the positions that were ok for lefties to play ( I am not a very good pitcher, and I cannot play outfield to save my life( the one exception would be 1st) the fact that I was good always surprised me and everyone I knew because I am very right hand dominate exept for playing sports, and even then only for baseball and football, I even swing golf clubs righty.

Anyways enough with the ranting, back to catching, I have always felt that at this point in the world it is just more of a traditional thing rather than a skill thing, where lefty kids just aren't encouraged to play catcher and they are always stuck playing either outfield, pitcher or 1st, not that there is anything wrong with any of those positions it is just that I almost feel like lefties are not allowed to play certain positions as almost like an unwritten rule of baseball. Even now my coach is trying to get me out of catcher to play something else, but the thing is, I simply LOVE playing catcher and i almost feel slightly discriminated against due to the fact that I was never told at a young age that catching as a lefty was not a normal position. Anyways I'm done with the stories and for any kids out there make sure you play what you want not what someone tells you to play
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Old 10-31-2015, 06:06 AM
 
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In addition to the other reasons mentioned, when there is a play at home plate the lefty catcher has to reach back into the baseline to tag the runner because the glove is on the far hand. The righty just has to drop the tag down.
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Old 11-01-2015, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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In addition to the other reasons mentioned, when there is a play at home plate the lefty catcher has to reach back into the baseline to tag the runner because the glove is on the far hand. The righty just has to drop the tag down.
Sharp analysis. Until the recent major league ruling where catchers have to receive the throw in front of the plate it really didn't matter whether you were right or left handed as you were up the line blocking the plate. I can see a strong point made against a left handed catcher just for this.
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