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Why Don’t More Catchers Drop a Knee?

By Meachrm @BaseballBTYard
Why don’t more catchers drop a knee?

Yadier Molina takes a knee

Being a catcher has to be the most physically demanding job on a baseball field.  Heck, my knees hurt just warming up a pitcher for a few throws.  I can’t imagine squatting down day in and day out over the course of a 162 game schedule.

This is why I can’t understand why more catchers do not go down on a knee when receiving pitches.  With no runners on base, why would it matter?  There are certainly catchers who do it every so often but none do it regularly.  I think they should, especially at the younger levels.  Here’s why:

For younger kids, taking a knee improves their balance which will improve their receiving ability.  It also can enable them to give the pitcher a lower target to throw to.  Obviously, it saves their knees as well from having to squat down on every pitch.

I’m not calling for catchers to drop a knee all the time.  With runners on base, catchers will need the ability to get up faster in order to throw to bases.  Dropping a knee would make that difficult.  However, if catchers drop a knee properly, there are significant benefits to them when it comes to relieving stress and strain on their knees.

If I was a catcher, I’d be doing it a lot.  I think others should too.

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