The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Marlins Backup Catcher Update

I'm a little behind on the news lately, but yesterday's Herald featured a story about the five players who are vying for the role of Paul LoDuca's backup. As mentioned here before, while the backup catcher is usually not very likely to play much of a role in whether or not a team wins a championship, that's not the case this year. While LoDuca has worked considerably to make himself a strong catcher over the course of the long season, his performance has traditionally fallen off significantly in the second half of the year. In fact, his first and second half statistical splits are amongst the worst in all of baseball.

Hopefully someone will win this backup catcher's job this year (as opposed to other players losing it). If so, the Marlins may benefit from having a healthy, rested LoDuca throughout the year.


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