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More about catchers and knuckleballers

As I mentioned before, it's a huge deal that the Sox lost Dougy Mirabelli for at least two weeks (ie 3 starts by Wake). They decided to call up Kevin Cash. Cash fits into a sort-of-interesting sub-category of professional ballplayers: the veter in minor league backup catcher with major league experience. Frankly, if it weren't for his ability to catch Wake, you'd probably see Mirabelli himself in that guild.

The Sox had Ken Huckaby fill that roll last year. These guys are borderline major leaguers who have value because they've been to the "show". So, a good team signs them and has them back up a real prospect in AAA. It's actually a pretty smart move by the management.

Interestingly, I didn't know the Sox have two knuckleballers at Pawtucket. In addition, they have John Barnes. Barnes actually made it to the show as an outfielder with the Twins a few years ago. He was drafted by the Sox originally in 1996 (4th round). Now he's back with them throwing the knuckler. Again, I really hope that Kottaras is catching these guys. Check out this interesting article from the Herald about some of this.

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