Clipping:Catcher signals the pitcher 2

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Date Sunday, January 6, 1889

[quoting Bushong] To insure good work at catching there must be between the pitcher and catcher an understanding of what is to be done. What sort of delivery is to be made–high orlow, in or out; the most information that can be given with the fewest signs. It is a good point or an advantage, for the pitcher is thus relieved somewhat of a share of the responsibility if a ball that is asked for is hit. He consoles himself with the thought that it wasn’t all his fault and so perhaps can do his work better. Undoubtedly “team work,” or the “pairing” of pitchers and catchers so they can work steadily together, is always beneficial. One then understands the other in a variety of ways, knows the weak and strong points of each other that are avoided in a match game, and in the end must make them more successful.

The pitcher’s position is the best from from which to note the point, good or bad, of a batsman. Yet it has always been my practice to give the signs, and if satisfactory, the pitcher would deliver the ball as directed. If not, a shake of the head or a hesitation would lead to a change. So, instead of one man’s judgment, it is possible to have two.

Source Brooklyn Eagle
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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