View Full Version : Lefthanded Catcher/Third Basemen?

06-04-2003, 09:48 PM
A friend asked me this one, and I'm scratching my head over it.
Mike Squires was one, for the Chisox in the early 80s. Has there ever been another lefty who played catcher and 3B in the majors? Or even a LH who played 3B?

Craig S.
06-04-2003, 10:03 PM
George Sisler played 2 games at third base during the 1916 season.

Roger Connor started his career at third, too.

Can't think of anyone recent.

Craig S.
06-04-2003, 10:07 PM
Mattingly played 3 games at third in 1986 - I don't remember that.

06-04-2003, 10:15 PM
The ultimate lefty catcher, Jack Clements, has 4 games at 3B in addition to 1,073 behind the plate.

06-04-2003, 10:39 PM
Here are your top lefty 3B (that we know are lefty).


1 Hick Carpenter 1059
2 Lefty Marr 129
3 Roger Connor 111
4 Bill McClellan 58
T5 Spud Johnson 44
T5 Willie Keeler 44
7 Jack Leary 37
8 John Cassidy 17
9 Mike Squires 14
10 George Decker 10
T11 Milo Netzel 6
T11 Jimmy Ryan 6
T11 Bill Harbidge 6
T11 Buck Freeman 6
T15 Jake Virtue 5
T15 Gene Moriarity 5
T15 John Newell 5
18 Jack Clements 4
T19 Don Mattingly 3
T19 Russ Hall 3
T19 Monk Cline 3
T19 George Van Haltren 3
T19 Billy Redmond 3
T19 Sy Sutcliffe 3
T25 Dan Brouthers 2
T25 Cy Seymour 2
T25 George Sisler 2
T25 John Corcoran 2
T25 Cannonball Titcomb 2
T25 Charlie Eden 2
T31 Hal Chase 1
T31 Jesse Burkett 1
T31 Fred Carl 1
T31 Denny Driscoll 1
T31 Elmer Foster 1
T31 Terry Francona 1
T31 Charlie Grimm 1
T31 Jake Boyd 1
T31 Joe Kuhel 1
T31 Joe Wright 1
T31 Jimmy Macullar 1
T31 Cyclone Miller 1
T31 Sam Thompson 1
T31 Sam Trott 1
T31 Mario Valdez 1

06-04-2003, 10:39 PM
And your lefty catchers (that we know of):


1 Jack Clements 1073
2 Sam Trott 272
3 Pop Tate 202
4 Sy Sutcliffe 186
5 Bill Harbidge 128
6 Mike Hines 99
7 John Humphries 75
8 Fred Tenney 71
9 Art Twineham 52
10 Phil Baker 50
11 Jiggs Donahue 45
12 Dave Oldfield 35
13 Charlie Householder 34
14 Fergy Malone 21
15 Jack McMahon 16
16 Charlie Krehmeyer 12
17 Joe Wall 7
18 Elmer Foster 5
T19 Benny Distefano 3
T19 Homer Hillebrand 3
T21 Dale Long 2
T21 Jim Egan 2
T21 Mike Squires 2
T24 Billy Redmond 1
T24 Mule Shirley 1
T24 Chris Short 1
T24 Joe Wright 1
T24 Lefty Marr 1
T24 Charlie Eden 1
T24 Martin Powell 1
T24 John Mullen 1

Fuzzy Bear
06-08-2003, 03:52 PM
I can see why a LH throwing 3B would be at a disadvantage.

I don't agree that a LH throwing C would be at so much of a disadvantage to where it would not be beneficial to develop a LH throwing C who wanted to catch.

06-10-2003, 07:07 PM
I think I read somewhere (bill james perhaps?) that the reason that there are no more lefty catchers is because if a kid is a lefty who throws hard enough to be a catcher, he isn't a catcher for long. He switches to the other side of the battery.

06-10-2003, 10:59 PM
That makes sense.

Also, a lefty 3B wouldn't be so bad if the SS had good range. A lefty 3B can really guard the line, so against a righty hitting team could help somewhat.

Somewhere I read (I think in an old HBA or somewhere) that the only position a lefty COULDN'T play well was 2B, because of the pivot on the DP.

06-11-2003, 08:41 AM
starting at T-ball, no coach is going to put a lefty anywhere other than pitcher, 1B, or, OF. just not gonna happen.

06-11-2003, 09:29 AM
I disagree - I've seen a lot of young lefty shortstops, even in HS. If they have the best arm they play SS when they're not pitching.

06-11-2003, 09:55 AM
well, they do things funny in indiana...he he. i umpired for about five years ages 5-13. never once saw a lefty SS.
but i don't doubt there are exceptions. i was making a general point.

06-11-2003, 10:04 AM
Of course I come from an area with a lot of smaller schools. It didn't hamper those kids, and the coaches were just making the best out of the talent they had.

I wonder why no other lefty thrower adds C or 3B to their bag of experience if they're trying to hang on in the bigs. Certainly LaRussa would love to use guys to play multiple positions.

06-13-2003, 01:56 PM
If you were a pitcher, and every catcher who had ever set you up a target from little league on up was right-handed, would it be weird to step onto the mound one day and aim at a target on the other side of the catcher?

I've never pitched so I have no idea. What do you think?

06-13-2003, 02:15 PM
You're told to hit the target. I don't think it would matter much. The target would be in roughly the same place.

06-13-2003, 09:03 PM
i think that i would have to think: i've always pitched right-handed.
to throw to a left-handed catcher, is a great advantage. but, that would a specialist's job
you'd need a staff comfortable going over the middle/just outside, to you as a catcher.
and also talk with the home umps, over the the batters'interference, that are sure to ensure.