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    • By ref4e
      Posted this on Ask the Umpire first, then saw the mechanics thread.   (Sorry...newbie to the forum)
       
      Couple of plate work questions:
       
      Question 1:
      How do you handle the situation with a tall catcher and short batter?    If I set up with my eyes at the top of the strike zone, I'm losing the outside corner because the catcher's head is in the way; and if I set up with my chin no lower than the top of catcher's head, I can see the outside corner, but am well above the top of the strike zone.   
       
      Question 2:
      How do you handle a catcher who slides over to the inside corner when a batter is already crowding the plate?    When this happens, it takes my slot away.    I've been told to set up higher, but when I do that I can't see the catcher glove the ball, meaning I'm guessing on pitches low in the zone.
       
      I'm working middle school and high school baseball and softball.
    • By ref4e
      Couple of plate work questions:
       
      Question 1:
      How do you handle the situation with a tall catcher and short batter?    If I set up with my eyes at the top of the strike zone, I'm losing the outside corner because the catcher's head is in the way; and if I set up with my chin no lower than the top of catcher's head, I can see the outside corner, but am well above the top of the strike zone.   
       
      Question 2:
      How do you handle a catcher who slides over to the inside corner when a batter is already crowding the plate?    When this happens, it takes my slot away.    I've been told to set up higher, but when I do that I can't see the catcher glove the ball, meaning I'm guessing on pitches low in the zone.
       
      I'm working middle school and high school baseball and softball.
       
       
    • By Thunderheads
      ..........I was NOT actually ......
       
      I was NOT tracking the ball ALL THE WAY into the mitt with my eyes!  Yeah, yeah, go ahead, ........................I know, I know!
       
      Come to find out, I was tracking it with my eyes right into the front edge of the plate, (where I like to invision seeing an imaginary pane of glass), but I wasn't finishing the tracking into the mitt ...
       
      WOW, ...all it took was an instructor to see that and go over a few things, and WHAT A DIFFERENCE!  It just 'feels' better, and the view is so much better!  Now, I'll only suck 1/2 as bad
       
      It's just a testament to the value of going to a professional clinic!
    • By Thunderheads
      Discuss!
      http://www.mlb.com/v...782246&c_id=mlb

      http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=25057893&topic_id=6479266&c_id=mlb&tcid=vpp_copy_25057893&v=3
    • By MIZUMP
      Lefty batter with a lefty pitcher and they want an inside pitch. Being in the slot kind of gets us in a tough spot to see the release of the ball and such. What are your mechanics to help your vision in that spot?
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