Baseball (MLB) should allow left handers for the Catcher position

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As a lefty who has accumulated little league innings behind the plate..

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Is there actually a rule against left handed throwing catchers?

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So many back picks to first base. No one would know what to do.

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@Rabid55Wolverine said in Baseball (MLB) should allow left handers for the Catcher position:

Is there actually a rule against left handed throwing catchers?

I don’t think so. But a lefty would have a hard time throwing to third on a steal attempt.

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He would have trouble throwing those back picks to first with a lefty hitter in the box though.

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It’s that throw to third. The base runner gets a couple extra steps because of a lefties footwork taking a fraction longer because they have to step around right handed batters. It’s the unfortunate drawback of being left handed. They’re positions are limited due to the design of the field. They can only play 1st, pitch, or the outfield. Sucks, but we don’t run clockwise for lefties.

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There is no rule against it.

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Right handed catchers fire the ball to first just fine on pick-offs. Why cant a lefty catcher fire over to third the same way?

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I once sat with a couple of my older friends at a high school game (think 60s and 70s) arguing about whether or not we will see a MLB left handed shortstop. I wish I had recorded it.

Cue a baseball buff who will tell me about a left handed shortstop.

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Believe it's actually the throw to 2nd. Tails towards the 3rd base side of the bag instead of where the tag needs to be on the 2nd base side.

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@IIJACKINTHBOXII said in Baseball (MLB) should allow left handers for the Catcher position:

There is no rule against it.

Yeah, that is what I have been thinking this whole time.

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Throwing across your body is the only real way to throw with haste and accuracy. It's the reason all infielders except 1st base are right-handed and always will be.
Throwing to 3rd would be impossible to gun someone out

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Just for fun, I made a left handed shortstop rtts player once. The spin throw animations were awesome.

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@MathMan5072 said in Baseball (MLB) should allow left handers for the Catcher position:

I once sat with a couple of my older friends at a high school game (think 60s and 70s) arguing about whether or not we will see a MLB left handed shortstop. I wish I had recorded it.

Cue a baseball buff who will tell me about a left handed shortstop.

Lefties can't play shortstop because they have to set their feet on a ball in the hole or do a 360. Among other things.

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There's no rule. SDS has it coded weird. If you out someone like Griffey behind the plate he magically learns to throw right handed. Quite the feat really.

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@theCRIMSON_4_2_0 said in Baseball (MLB) should allow left handers for the Catcher position:

Right handed catchers fire the ball to first just fine on pick-offs. Why cant a lefty catcher fire over to third the same way?

The risk wouldn't outweigh the reward in most cases considering the high possibility of an errant throw into LF.

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This is the exception.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B947yjX9TI

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There are no left handed catchers in baseball because they would get killed if there was a play at home.

https://www.espn.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/612/where-are-the-lefty-catchers

I'm also a lefty who plays on a softball team, it's one of the only positions i won't play.

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@AftershockFx said in Baseball (MLB) should allow left handers for the Catcher position:

@theCRIMSON_4_2_0 said in Baseball (MLB) should allow left handers for the Catcher position:

Right handed catchers fire the ball to first just fine on pick-offs. Why cant a lefty catcher fire over to third the same way?

The risk wouldn't outweigh the reward in most cases considering the high possibility of an errant throw into LF.

Or you know getting run over at home.

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You are all wrong: Lefties can't play catcher in College or the Pros because they cannot naturally swipe a player heading home on plays at the plate.

Their glove hand is on the wrong side and they would have to go across their body in an unnatural motion beginning with their back to the mound.

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