Jason Kendall Doing Bullpen Work in Full Gear
area by some coaches and players is a catcher’s preparation in the bullpen.
For a catcher who will spend most of his day in the pen, this is his game time. This is
his opportunity to get better and to work on every phase
of his game. To do this, a catcher must wear full gear in the pen. If
he catches with only a mask, how will he get better on blocking balls in
the dirt? A catcher has to go full speed in the bullpen. It helps the pitcher,
both mentally and physically, to get ready
for the game and makes the catcher better. The bullpen is the time to really
learn about the pitchers. You can watch their mechanics. You can see every kind
of pitch they have in their arsenal and learn what's really their best or their
mediocre stuff. You can identify the little signs that tells when he's got it
and when he doesn't. Knowing these things will make you both a better battery.
Sometimes a battery really clicks and the pitcher will only want a certain
receiver to start because he knows that this catcher is the one to make him look
Time spent in the bullpen is not time
to feel sorry about not being in the game, but time to improve a catcher's overall game.
Maximizing this time will greatly improve your skills, so that you will be the one behind the plate and your
catching partner will spend his days in the pen. Take pride in yourself
and your work ethic. It will pay off.