From the bleachers, from behind the dish

Former catchers sound off on last issue’s Block Party

“Block Party really stood out to me; Yadier [Molina] was my first collision- he ran into me. Blocking the plate was the first thing I was taught in professional baseball, and John Buck was right- set up inside the foul line and show the baserunner the back of the plate so they have somewhere to go. I don’t think it should be outlawed though, sometimes you just can’t help it with the timing. I think that when you get to that level it’s part of the game and as a pro, it’s part of your job.”


– Charlie Lisk- 12 year professional career as a catcher, Frontier League all-time HR and RBI leader

“I have experienced numerous collisions at home plate, some that have put me out of play for a few weeks, but I was never a guy that was scared about a collision. I tried to catch the ball and put the runner on HIS backside. I’ve been hurt both plowing the catcher and being plowed at the plate. I just think it brings an excitement to the game. Sure, it is dangerous, but its the final line before a run is added to the scoreboard.”

– Breck Draper- former All-American catcher at Univ. of Central Oklahoma Continue reading