Catcher FAQs:


Q: Is a catcher also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket?

A: Yes, for the catcher position equivalent, see wicket keeper.

Q: Is a catcher the only defensive player who is allowed to be in foul territory when a pitch is thrown?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a catcher then informally referred to as that pitcher's personal catcher?

A: Yes.

Q: Are catchers often able to play first base and less commonly third base?

A: Yes.

Q: Are catchers normally asked to rest relatively frequently?

A: Yes.

Q: Are catchers often used for pitchers that specialize in throwing knuckleballs?

A: Yes, and due to the difficulty of catching such an inconsistent and erratic pitch.

Q: Is a catcher considered a captain on the field?

A: Yes, and he is often in charge of planning defensive plays.

Q: Were catchers common?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a catcher capable of fielding them?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a catcher a position for a baseball or softball player?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a catcher usually the first to notice the tendencies?

A: Yes, and quirks, and peculiarities of each home-plate umpire.

Q: Is a catcher often obliged to catch a ball thrown from a fielder and to tag out a runner arriving from third base?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a catcher the most physically demanding position in baseball?

A: Yes, and more so than the pitcher.

Q: Is a catcher similar to that of the wicket-keeper in cricket?

A: Yes.

Q: Are catchers also represented in a number of other Baseball Halls of Fame around the world?

A: Yes, such as in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame or the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.

Q: Is a catcher unable to play cleanly?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a catcher the only player on the field who is allowed to use this type of mitt?

A: Yes.

Q: Are catchers because left-handed players with strong throwing arms are almost always encouraged?

A: Yes, and at an early age, to become pitchers.

Q: Was a catcher generally allowed in the major leagues until the beginning of the 2014 season?

A: Yes, and little league, high school, and college runners are encouraged or mandated to avoid significant contact.

Q: Is a catcher also called upon to master many other skills in order to field the position well?

A: Yes.

Q: Are catchers moved to other positions in order to preserve their running speed?

A: Yes, and increase their availability for games, and take advantage of their prowess with the bat.