MLB Catchers Painting Fingernails

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  1. Go2Guy

    Go2Guy Well-Known Member

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    This year I've noticed a few catchers painting their fingernails, some with even a neon glow-type color. I suppose it's easier for the pitcher to see the flash signals, but I don't recall seeing this last year; is it catching on ??
     
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    It seems to be catching on, but a lot of times I see the catchers just wearing neon or white colored rings on their fingers instead.
     
  3. IcSyU

    IcSyU Well-Known Member

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    Its been around awhile...I did it in high school if the pitchers were crossing me up too much.
     
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    I remember seeing Javy Lopez do it many years ago.
     
  5. CycloneErik

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    But was it always for a game?
     
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    I doubt baseball was the reason...
     
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  7. IcSyU

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    revkah told me it looked cute. :cry:

    I have no idea how some of them go with tape on their fingers. Feels weird to not be able to grip the ball throwing it.
     
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  9. Go2Guy

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    Speaking of signals, can any of you experts comment on the general code used by catchers - particularly with runners on second base?

    They really flash a lot of fingers and go bach-n-forth from both thighs to indicate placement. I suppose if I could figure it out, I'd be as good as stealing from the pros.

    But in general, what is the pattern the pitcher is looking for?
     
  10. acrozier22

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    Mike Piazza still paints his finger nails....:twitcy:
     
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    I've seen a few guys do white out on their fingernails.
     
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    IcSyU Well-Known Member

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    Can be looking for a certain signal (2nd, 3rd, last). Can be looking for the catcher to touch something if a simple pitcher (right leg = fastball automatically, left = offspeed). Can be something like the first sign with a wiggle is the pitch call. Just depends on the team/catcher.
     
  13. Go2Guy

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    Yeah, thanks - I do see a lot of "wiggles" and wondered what that's about.

    It's one way I get engaged in the game -trying to figure out catcher signals.
     
  14. Wesley

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    Next it will be qbs.
     
  15. cyrocksmypants

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    Tom Brady already does. He also wears women's panties, but that's just during the offseason.
     
  16. jdoggivjc

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    So the "Ol' number one" ala Major League is a myth, then... :confused:
     

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