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Friday, July 25, 2008

Baseball Catchers Have Gotten Lazy

I'm sitting here watching the baseball game, go O's! I've seen this a bunch lately, have you? Twice tonight the pitcher bounced the ball, and the catcher blocked the ball, nice play. Once it trickled off to the left about 5 feet, and the other one went about 4 feet to the right. Both times Hernandez stayed down on his haunches and held his hand up for a new ball. Does he think his butler is coming to get the ball? When did the catchers start not bothering to get the balls that they don't catch? Can you imagine Elrod just letting the ball sit there? Who do they think is going to come get the ball? Is the batter supposed to go get it? It looks like it has become the umpires job to chase the balls the catcher's don't want to get. I guess it's beneath a millionaire to play fetch?

1 comment:

Slammermike said...

I don't know if it is catchers or just Hernandez. In my opinion he is horrible defensively. He doesn't chase the ball, he doesn't run down the line to back up a bad throw to first. You rarely see any catchers doing that any more. He has slow feet behind the plate and has a slow and inaccurate throw. He takes too long to get rid of the ball and often his throws go into center field. His hitting has been very good. But in the field he just appears to not hustle. For 4-5 million dollars a season you'd think he would make an effort.