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Catcher

Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket, for the catcher position equivalent, see wicket keeper.
''For other uses, see Catcher (disambiguation)

Catcher is a position for a baseball or softball player. When a batter takes his/her turn to hit, the catcher crouches behind home plate, in front of the (home) umpire, and receives the ball from the pitcher. In addition to this primary duty, the catcher is also called upon to master many other skills in order to field the position well. The role of the catcher is similar to that of the wicket-keeper in cricket.

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