I know many that visit this web site won’t agree with my opinion and technique of managing pitchers when it comes to fielding, but I have my reasons.
First off, pitchers are pitchers, nothing more, nothing less. Usually, they stink at fielding, misjudge what’s gong on, never attend a meeting with the infield coaching staff, have little of no relationship with the rest of the club outside the battery thing… and at that… many pitchers live in a world all by themselves. So, if you’re looking for a guy to screw things up royally, miscue what’s gong on, totally clueless of even what day it is… get this guy on the hill involved.
Now I’m not saying to totally ignore backing up any bag, not at all. But truthfully, how many infield practices do you conduct, or actually witness, the pitcher being involved with. No many. So try as he may, just don’t expect much…
In fact, how many times … honestly now… have you seen a pitcher backing up a bag, and actually make a play, then hear over your shoulder … “Wow, that was lucky.”