BY GARY CARTER
The pros of being a catcher are obviously that you are in on every play and you’re the guy they depend on. It all starts from behind the plate and then it goes up through the middle. There is a joy to be able to call every pitch and to have collisions at home plate, which brings out the football mentality, I like that.
The cons, well, 12 knee surgeries and two knee replacements, but I wouldn’t trade it in for anything. Catching brings out foul tips and collisions and you’re more prone to injuries.
Historically, catchers have made such good managers because you have the whole perspective of the field in front of you and you’re like the second manager on the field. You keep looking over to the dugout for signs and you have to recognize and see everything that’s in front of you.
Plus, I think you have a rapport with all the pitchers. You have an idea on what makes them tick and that’s a huge facet of the game. The biggest thing is that you understand the game and you’re calling every pitch and you have a great feel as the game is going on. It got to a point where I would run the meetings when we would go over the lineups of the others teams. I just knew the opponent so well and they trusted me and my thoughts.