It’s one of baseball’s unwritten rules, most of which defy common logic to anyone sitting outside the dugout.
This particular code mandates that catchers shouldn’t be leadoff hitters. Baseball thinking defines them as too slow, too defensive-minded, too married to the long, looping swing of a power hitter. They simply cannot do what a stereotypical leadoff man should do, which is work the count, use small ball to get on base and use their speed to be a disruptive force on the basepaths.
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