I hate to stereotype people, but let’s be honest. Catcher’s aren’t usually the most “swift-footed” players on the field. We (yes, I’m including myself) are generally bigger bodied guys who are built more for strength than we are speed. Believe it or not, there is actually a reason for this. We play the most physically demanding position on the field and we need to be durable to withstand a long season behind the plate. Guys with smaller bodies tend to break down sooner than larger guys, so bigger guys are generally better suited to play catcher.
While being a bigger, stronger player works out for us in a lot of ways, one thing that is usually sacrificed is speed. It’s rare to find a player who has a unique combination of size, strength, and speed. Even though being a catcher doesn’t demand as much foot speed as a center fielder or shortstop, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t an important part of our game. Everyone who has been around the game of baseball for any significant amount of time has heard the phrase “speed doesn’t go into a slump!”
With that said, I spent the long Labor Day Weekend re-reading the eBook 60 Yard Dash Secrets by Thurman Hendrix. I had forgotten how much great information it was packed with! It’s over 150 pages of nothing but running technique, drills, and theory that are designed to help improve a player’s overall speed, but more specifically their 60 yard dash time.
Here are a few of the valuable things that I took away from reading this book:
In the “Showcase Era” that we’re in right now, one of the easiest ways to get checked OFF of a coaches list is to have a bad 60 time. Don’t think that just because you’re a catcher “it’s OK to be slow”, or “speed doesn’t matter” because that’s simply not true.
If you’re serious about dedicating yourself to becoming the best baseball player that you can be, you don’t want to leave your speed out of the equation. I recommend everyone to check out 60 Yard Dash Secrets immediately!
P.S. There are always exceptions to the rule, and I am in no way implying that you can’t be a good, talented, durable catcher if you don’t have a large frame. I’m simply referencing the trend of catchers being heavier than other position players.