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Catcher’s Corner: 5.20.2013

Editor’s Note: I would like to introduce everyone to the newest acquisition to the WPW team, Noah.  With constant requests for more catcher’s gear, we had to go out and find an expert.  Noah is that man.  We grabbed this post from Noah’s blog, and from here on out, Noah will be contributing his vast knowledge of catcher’s gear and other catcher-related stuff on WPW.  This is an exciting add for us, and one that will further our mission to be the best source for pro gear in the world.

Source: Baseball Prospectus

Source: Baseball Prospectus

Thankfully, Chris Stewart’s MRI came back clean. You wouldn’t think it by looking at the Yankees DL, as I’m sure you have already. Stewart has been a key part of the rag tag, yes, rag tag group of Yankee replacements holding down the fort at Yankee Stadium until the cavalry comes. Just glad we didn’t have to bring Bobby Wilson up. As he’s batting 174 in Scranton/Wilkes Barre. But, Stewart had a great frame on a low fastball featured in the 5/18 This Week in Catcher Framing. Love how he uses that big 34 inch CM3000 to pull that fastball up. Great stuff.

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Also on one of my favorite websites Grantland and Ben Lindbergh had a sit down with Russell Martin. Some very interesting dialogue. Martin made a good point when he said he tries to “excite” the umpire by putting the ball in the pocket. Just one of the things that can effect a pitch. If you want more info you should probably just read it as it is an interesting piece and sheds some light on a growing subject in the world of baseball.

Yadi getting a curveball and working with it toward second base. It’s so hard to reach down and keep your momentum going forward and Yadi does it so easy. Amazing.

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Robinson Chirnios battling the sun and some wicked backspin.

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One of my favorite catchers Brayan Pena on another strike em out throw em out double play.

I am telling you right now, Hector Sanchez will be an amazing catcher some day. Maybe not amazing, but very good. Once he somehow (please dear catching god) gets out of San Francisco behind King Posey and goes through a few more years of Remedial Catchers Framing Training he will come out the other side a good player. This is what I want to happen. This is what I hope will happen. Plus I am probably saying this because the inner defensive minded catcher in me doesn’t like Buster Posey. But I mean, come on.

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