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Old 05-20-2022, 07:15 AM
 
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Too much baseball talent is wasted by the reluctance of mangers to put the second catcher in the game.

'only 30 roster catchers get any meaningful playimg time, the others don't even get to pinch hit.

I propose a rule similar to the NHL goalie rule, that if the first and back-up goalie are both injured, "any eligible person" can play. Which means anyone why is not, for some reason, in-eligible. For a cac\tcher this would probably be the bullpen catcher. He would take the catcher's spot in the batting order for the rest of the game., but only if injury exhausts the last roster catcher.

I see no downside to such a rule.
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Old 05-20-2022, 01:24 PM
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Too much baseball talent is wasted by the reluctance of mangers to put the second catcher in the game.

'only 30 roster catchers get any meaningful playimg time, the others don't even get to pinch hit.

I propose a rule similar to the NHL goalie rule, that if the first and back-up goalie are both injured, "any eligible person" can play. Which means anyone why is not, for some reason, in-eligible. For a cac\tcher this would probably be the bullpen catcher. He would take the catcher's spot in the batting order for the rest of the game., but only if injury exhausts the last roster catcher.

I see no downside to such a rule.

Yes to this.



I was just discussing this with a buddy. The bullpen catcher should be the emergency backup 3rd catcher rather than some utility guy who last caught in high school. The major problem would be owners would not want to pay.
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Old 05-27-2022, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Doesn't the NHL have an emergency goalie in the press box for some/all games? A guy called into duty for either team should a team be left without goalies?

There are probably union rules against the bullpen catcher being used.

Nothing precludes a team from carrying 3 players who *can* play catcher. Maybe two regular ones, and a third who plays 1B/DH now. Or a utility guy who might have experience there earlier in his career.

I don't know if what happened with the Pirates a few weeks ago brought this up, but Josh VanMeter (INF/OF) had to catch a couple of weeks ago. The backup C got tossed for arguing balls/strikes from the bench, and the starting C got hurt running the bases. This game ended up being a big win for the Reds, who didn't win just because VanMeter was catching. It was also the first game of a doubleheader.

I believe the Pirates had to call a catcher up from AAA Indianapolis to get to Cincinnati in time for the second game. I also think they had to make a 40-man roster move because the catcher they brought up wasn't on it prior.

I'm okay with all of this^ because the strictness of the rules (which I view to be an unfortunate loosening of late) is part of what makes baseball interesting and great.

I actually played with a guy a few weeks ago who was the bullpen catcher at AAA Gwinnett a few years ago. Somehow, he got into 3 games and had 3 AB (with 1 H believe it or not), but I never got a story from him on how that happened. That was his only affiliated experience, as all of the rest of his career was spent in independent ball.
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Old 05-30-2022, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Gaston, South Carolina
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I don't know if what happened with the Pirates a few weeks ago brought this up, but Josh VanMeter (INF/OF) had to catch a couple of weeks ago. The backup C got tossed for arguing balls/strikes from the bench, and the starting C got hurt running the bases. This game ended up being a big win for the Reds, who didn't win just because VanMeter was catching. It was also the first game of a doubleheader..
Moral of the story is that back-up catchers on the bench ought to not argue balls and strikes during games he's not playing.
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