FACTS & LORE
Some good catches, some not so good. If they would have followed the below general rules, all those pop ups would have been caught.
The general rule is the deeper your position is the more take charge responsibilities you have. Examples: Outfielders take charge of short outfield popups over infielders, but infielders go to the popup until they here the outfielder call for it. Shortstop, and second baseman take charge of infield popups over first baseman, and third baseman, but first baseman, and third baseman go to the popup, until they here the shortstop, or second baseman call for it. First baseman, and third baseman take charge over the pitcher, but the pitcher goes to the popup, until they here the third baseman or first baseman call for it. First baseman, third baseman, and pitcher take charge over the catcher, but the catcher goes to the popup until he hears that another infielder has called for it (this one is extremely important, why; the catcher has gear on, and a different style mitt, all making it difficult to catch popups).
We want the player who runs in on the ball to make the catch. It is easier to run in, than to run backwards. The player running in also has the play in front of him, his back is not turned away from the play. As in any defensive play communication is the key you need to let the player in front of you know you have the catch.
Can of Corn : where did the phrase come from, and what does it mean; A high, easy-to-catch, fly ball hit to the outfield. The phrase is said to have originated in the nineteenth-century and relates to an old-time grocer's method of getting canned goods down from a high shelf. Using a stick with a hook on the end, a grocer could tip a can so that it would fall for an easy catch into his apron.
Another theory is that the corn refers to the practice in the very early days of baseball of calling the outfield the "corn field," especially in early amateur baseball where the outfield may have been a farm field.