In that final game against the Mets Joe Mauer was hit in the head twice by foul balls. Mauer sustained a concussion.
Austin Romine of the Yankees had his season end the same way but since he is not among the leaders in any batting stat most fans are not aware of his fate.
Friday, September 19, 2008 Fool Proof Strike Zone
The catcher could be deployed elsewhere. The umpire could hand the pitcher a new ball. Ball boys/girls could keep the batting area free of loose balls. The metaphor for a catcher is backstop. A backstop is a wall. Who wants to play wall? It's easily the most ridiculous position in team sports. Most baseball players want no part of catching. Put that player in fair territory where he can do some good. How about next to the pitcher where he could field balls hit up the middle and still be close enough to cover home plate? I have already advocated that base runners may not take a lead until the ball is hit. That would speed up the game as the pitcher would have one pitching motion (no stretch position) and no need to check the runner and throw to the base. The new strike zone rule would eliminate the getting the sign from the catcher ritual. Throw the ball where the batter can hit it and judge that in a fair and simple way.
Saturday, July 4, 2009 Catcher: position of ignorance.
Cather's gear is called the tools of ignorance. That's putting it mildly. Baseball catcher is easily the stupidest position among the three American team sports. Only football center comes close. Catcher could be eliminated if MLB had any imagination. It's not like only a couple of baseballs are available for a game.
Sunday, May 29, 2011 Eliminate the catcher, outlaw the collisions or properly equip the fielders.
A few days ago Giant catcher Buster Posey was seriously injured when a runner smashed into him standing near home plate. I thought it was revolting, the kind of thing that is becoming unacceptable in the NFL... And put a damn screen in front of the pitcher before one gets killed with those blasts up the middle.
Monday, March 11, 2013 Catcher? We Don’t Need No Stinking Catcher!
I am guessing that 99% of baseball fans and 90% of baseball players want no part of playing catcher. I’m guessing that almost all parents and grandparents do not want young children whom they love to play catcher. Let’s get started.
Extend foul territory 45 feet from home plate into what is now fair territory, a curved line from foul line to foul line. This eliminates those annoying dribblers, especially bunts. Put the catcher in fair territory where he can do some good. Put a bull's eye behind home plate. A pitched ball that hits it is a strike. Simple and low tech...
No stealing. No catcher. No plate ump. Cool.
As with most things try to reverse the order and see if it makes sense. Suppose that 150 years ago baseball had done things as I have described. Now imagine someone suggesting that we eliminate this nice, safe, sure system and replace it with a human being squatting behind home plate, taking unnecessary punishment to perform an unnecessary task better preformed without a catcher. And don’t forget the imaginary strike zone. Add to that our intent to dramatically slow down the game with all the jerking around that has become modern baseball. Who the heck would change to what we have deluded ourselves into thinking is the only way baseball can be played? Baseball can be better than that. So can we.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 What college football and the catcher have in common: they should be banned.
Malcolm Gladwell has been campaigning to get colleges to ban football...
You know, like the baseball catcher, the dumbest position among the three American team sports. Why does it still exist? Because baseball fans refuse to behave responsibly and demand that it be banned. We would rather continue with a basic mistake in the game's development over a hundred years ago and continue a barbaric practice, much like football. Catchers being pounded in the head by foul balls over and over and over is unacceptable. It's ridiculous, especially considering that the position is stupid.
Eliminating the catcher as I have long advocated allows for the low tech sure strike zone: a round or oblong target with rounded corners. The catcher can be moved out of his box, given a glove and allowed to position himself anywhere in fair territory. Beside the pitcher probably makes the most sense but it's not mandatory...
Added bonus: all this should speed up the game significantly by removing most of the dead time between pitches that sucks the life out of baseball...
Think about the football question. Then think about the baseball catcher. Think.
Now here is the classic baseball fan reaction: they'll never do that. Well not if you just sit on your fat ass and do nothing to make it happen. Start by telling your kid's Little League coach that you think the catching position should be eliminated and that under no circumstances should your own kid be placed in harm's way at catcher. Then start writing to media and MBL officials and express your support for eliminating the catching position at all levels of play