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Cash money

I still maintain that Kevin Cash hits like Josh Bard caught. But, he has been extremely valuable this season. Imagine how yesterday would have gone if Cash had been letting balls by him, the few ones that made it past the Tampa Bay bats.

If he could hit at all, I'd say that he might be the answer to finding a replacement for Mirebelli, who really seems on his last legs. I'm still haunted by the Mirabelli-Wake interview in spring training in which Wake said he might retired if he had to throw to anyone but Dougy again (a la the Bard Experiment). I do love Dougy, but to pin the longevity of Wake's career to that of an old backup catcher is bad news. Dougy might have another year after this one, but Wake could pitch 5 or 6 more if he wants. It scares me that Wake might retire prematurely because it become impractical to keep a backup catcher who needs a walker to get to the plate.

Comments

Smitch said…
I think the Josh Bard Experiment you reference freaked Wake out and caused him to think irrationally about the whole catcher situation. The funny thing is, while the knuckleball has always been a bitch to catch, no one seems to remember that the Sox were able to work around that fact before Dougie Fresh (Doug's been on the Sox since mid-2001, and Wake posted some solid seasons before then -- most notably in 95, 96, and 98). The fact that the Doug Mirabelli Dynasty has been, until now, interrupted only by the awful Josh Bard has, I think, resulted in a distorted picture of Doug's value. Not to say they haven't been great times, but Wake will soon realize he can survive post-Doug.
Wally said…
Good points, and I really hope you're right.

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