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Seeing a batter leaning one way and then calling pitch that I thought would get him out was one strategy I successfully used. Striking out a batter was a joint effort between pitcher and I. I felt it was my job to study batter and then relay any useful information I got, back to pitcher.
My stock as a catcher increased when pitcher pitched well. I felt I had to find weakness in batter. That was part of my job. And then calling game was essence of being a catcher.
If there was a background check on all catchers that ever played, I think there is one thing that would be common. They all studied game.
Johnny Bench, Roy Campanella, Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra are a few of my catching heroes.
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