Catching 101 with Ex Major Leaguer and former Arizona D-Back catching Co coordinator Bob Didier

Coach Didier was known in his playing days to be one of the better defensive catchers and has put together a 7 minute video for you review that touches on a “Catchers Throwing Program”.

Bob’s Bio

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Coach Bob Didier is a former Major League Catcher who played for three different teams from 1969 through 1974.  He entered the majors in 1969 with the Atlanta Braves, playing for them four years before joining the Detroit Tigers (1973) and Boston Red Sox (1974).

In his rookie season, Didier appeared in a career-high 114 games, helping his team win the National League West Division title. At the end of the season, he finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year vote (behind Ted Sizemore, Coco Laboy and Al Oliver) and also was named to the 1969 Topps All-Star Rookie Roster.

In a six-season career, Didier was a .229 hitter (172-for-751) with 32 RBI’s.  As a catcher, he collected 1276 outs, 119 assists, and committed only nine errors in 1404 chances, for a solid .994 fielding percentage.

Following his playing retirement, Didier managed in the minor leagues for the Tigers, White Sox, Dodgers and Cubs organizations. In the Big Leagues, he has coached for the Athletics, Blue Jays and Mariners, and recently was the catching coordinator in the Arizona Diamondbacks system.

Bob is known as one of the top catching specialists in the MLB and has five World Series rings (two with the Toronto Blue Jays – 1992 & ’93 and three with the New York Yankees – 1998, ’99 & ’00) to his player and coaching credits.

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