I have a friend who believes large catchers were sought by major league teams because their size would intimidate runners from trying to score due to fear of a collision. I realize the plate collision rule has changed and it may be a moot point. Do any of you have any insight on the large size of catchers and if the intimidation factored in?

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I think they like big body types, but not because of any intimidation factor.  It has to do with handling the rigors of the job on a day-to-day basis and the pounding they take blocking, etc.  There's a perception that bigger bodies are more durable.

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