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Catch them if you can

Most MLB players aren't allowed to personalize their uniforms, but catchers get a pass -- and here's a rundown of how they do it.

Updated: August 18, 2006, 1:46 AM ET
By Paul Lukas | Special to Page 2

It's not easy being a catcher -- the foul tips, the collisions at the plate, all those jokes about "catcher's speed," the endless "tools of ignorance" comments.

But in recent years, catchers have enjoyed a small measure of uni-related revenge. Most players aren't allowed to personalize their uniforms -- no inscriptions on caps, no cutting slits in your sleeves, etc. -- but more and more catchers are adding a personal touch to that most utilitarian of accessories, the chest protector.

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