As a catcher, you have an unbelievably awesome opportunity that no other position has on the field – you get to be involved in every single pitch while you’re on defense! Baseball is the greatest game on earth, but let’s be honest, the game can be slow-going physically if the ball has not been hit to you for five innings. That’s never the case with catchers. Being involved on every pitch is the best, however it also means that the spotlight is on you for every pitch – whether it is good, bad, or somewhere in between.

As a catcher, you have the ability to harness that opportunity and set the tone for your team by embracing #6 of our How to Be a Great Teammate Series – Don’t Complain. 

#6: Don’t Complain

There are times when things don’t go our way. There are situations that seem unfair. There are moments when we feel like we have a right to complain. But complaining causes us to focus on everything but being our best. When you work hard, stay positive, and do what the team needs, things always seem to work out. To be a great teammate, don’t complain. Stay positive. You can’t always control the events that happen to you, but you can control how you respond and, so often, this determines the outcome (Gordon, Jon (2015-04-24). The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate (pp. 54-55). Wiley. Kindle Edition). 

Have you ever been catching when an umpire makes a terrible call on a pitch? Of course you have. Every baseball player on this planet has experienced bad calls. You’re going to get bad calls. The other team is going to get hits. Things are going to be tough sometimes when you’re working with your pitchers to get hitters out. 

How do you handle that adversity?

Do you complain about the bad umpiring? Do you allow your pitcher to focus on the past bad calls and get distracted from executing THIS pitch in the present? 

It’s very frustrating when an umpire makes a bad call. But, you cannot control anyone other than yourself, and complaining about the bad call is not going to help you or your team play well.

Great teammates don’t complain. Great teammates control their response to adversity and stay positive because they understand that staying positive and focusing on what you can control is the only way to perform at your best. 

As a catcher, you are a leader of your team. Lead by example and be a great teammate by not complaining when adversity strikes. You’ll be amazed at the impact that not complaining will have on team performance.

This blog post is part of series called How to Be a Great Teammate. This series features 21 different ways that you can be a great teammate from the book titled The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate by Jon Gordon (click that link to view and buy the book on Amazon – it’s a must read!). Jon Gordon is an incredible resource and you can learn more about him at, and follow him on Twitter at @JonGordon11. To read more posts from this series feel free to click any of the links below!

  1. #1: Sweat More
  2. #2: Remember Well Done > Well Said
  3. #3: Choose to Be Humble and Hungry
  4. #4: Pursue Excellence
  5. #5: Share Positive Contagious Energy


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