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Leadership in catchers come in
different forms. From the outgoing
Francisco Cervelli ...
That's not the case for catchers.
The very nature of being a catcher demands that they be a leader on the field. A player who catches cannot look at the leadership expectations as optional. It is part of the job just like it's part of the job description of a lead-off hitter to get on base. When you catch, the whole field is in front of you. You see everything. You are also closest to the coaching staff in the dugout so you become the link between the coaches and the players in front of you. Whether he likes it or not, a catcher is a leader and needs to act like one.
|... to the more quiet, |
confident Buster Posey.
(Photo by Robert Beck/SI)
If you are a catcher and want to be good, embrace your leadership role and match the leadership style that works with your natural personality. Do not try to be something you are not. Then start speaking up in your own way.
No coach wants a silent catcher.