View Full Version : Left-Handed Throwing Catchers

05-01-2006, 07:45 PM
Hawk and DJ got what I thought was an interesting e-mail tonight regarding the utter lack of left-handed throwing catchers in MLB. Neither Hawk or DJ could ever recall seeing a full-time southpaw catcher, although a few position players who filled the role in a pinch, such as Mike Squires, threw left-handed. I myself cannot recall ever seeing one.

Is there a baseball reason for this? I'm guessing it has something to do with the majority of batters being right-handed, but that's only a guess.

As the e-mailers say, thanks and Go Sox! :smile:

05-01-2006, 09:32 PM
This might help

These are the left handed thrwoing catchers in baseball, with only 5 of them catching in at least 100 games.

05-01-2006, 09:34 PM
The strangest left-handed throwing player to catch in the major leagues was Phillies pitcher Christ Short. As the story goes it was a defensive maneuver by manager Gene Mauch. Short caught for one batter so that Mauch could bring in a righty, then put Short back on the mound.

05-01-2006, 11:01 PM
I think it has to do with the Earth's axis creating too much natural movement on the ball being thrown to 2nd base.

A LH catcher is not only fighting against a baserunner, he's also fighting against science's cruel plan to force him into an inordinate amount of throwing errors.

05-01-2006, 11:12 PM
Left handers would often have to turn their bodies to throw to third as a catcher. Same basic reason you don't see left handed shortstops or 2nd/3rd basemen. The throw from the hole (ss), turning two or up the middle (2b), and plays down the line at third would take too long to get rid of the ball. Any outside pitch with a right handed batter or inside pitch with a left handed batter would basically eliminate any chance the catcher had to throw a guy out stealing third.

mike squires
05-02-2006, 12:10 AM
I could pretty much do it all! ;)

05-02-2006, 08:35 AM
In the Little League World Series this year one of the American teams had a left-handed catcher. He was the only guy on the team who could handle their starter's fastball.