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Catcher Meme #8

Before Your Hand Catches Anything, It Should Shake The Umpire's

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Aside from good receiving technique and using proper glove positioning, there is no better way to get those close calls from an umpire than to develop a rapport with them throughout the game.

This all starts with a respectful handshake before the first warmup pitch is ever thrown. "Hello sir/ma'am, my name is XXXXXXX, nice to meet you. I'm going to do my best to make sure that if anyone takes a beating back here today it's not you."

This is the first lesson I teach every one of my catchers at every competitive level.