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Talking To The Umpire - Catchers
It's always good to have the umpires on your side. Even if you don't like the way a certain umpire calls the game, you should still be friendly with them. This could make the difference in the game if it comes down to a big call and the umpire likes you and your team but isn't getting along too well with the other one. It's also important not only to get calls for your pitcher, but also to get calls for yourself when you are hitting.
It's not even all about getting calls either. It's about you being the team leader and having a responsibility to control the game out on the field. If you have a good relationship with the umpires it just makes the game that much easier for you. There's no arguing, you can simply just ask him where certain pitches are and joke with him. Not like some catchers who will just go behind the plate already hating the umpire expecting bad calls from him. That's not the way to go about it. The game is alot more fun when you are back there joking around and getting things to go your way!
Things you should know about an umpire:
Where they like to call strikes (inside, out, up, down, big zone, tight zone, etc)
And most importantly, how to handle them (can you be aggresive with them or do they respond negatively to conflict, are they better if you talk to them nicely. Whatever you can do to come out ahead)