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End of an era

You may have heard: Dougie Mirabelli has left the building. I repeat: Dougie has left the building. The departure of the Sox backup catcher and his gargantuan and glacial stroke means that this will be the last time I can link to this. Sad.

As for the baseball ramifications, I think this is a very good move. He will be replaced by Kevin Cash, who, incidentally, also cannot hit. "Young" Mr. Cash, 30, replaces the elder Mirabelli as 'Tek's backup and Wake's personal slave. Oh, you didn't know that Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield wake up every morning with eggs and toast brought to their bed side by Dougie in a maid's outfit? Well, you didn't hear it here...

Personally, I would think that the Sox should try to give one of the actually young guys, Dusty Brown or George Kottaras a shot first and let Cash stay in Pawtuck-ville to start the season and wait for a Josh Bard-esque implosion. But, since Cash has shown he can catch Wake's whiffleball, he deserves this shot. It's definitely the safest move. Cash will probably hit .210 and pursue Mirabelli's amazing record of past-balls. But that in itself is an accomplishment. Statistically, Cash may be the worst catcher in baseball and still be one of the best. Eat THAT Bill James!

I would like to point out how amazing it is that people who are some of the best in the world at the basic 2nd grade talent of catching a ball, cannot catch Wake. That's amazing to me! How the hell do you hit it if catchers can't catch it? It's like having a hot dog so big that Kobayashi can't eat it. It's exactly like that.

Good luck Cash, you'll need it.

(Sorry about the month long layoff. But what would YOU have talked about in the least eventful springtraining in Sox history?)

Comments

Jon said…
"I would like to point out how amazing it is that people who are some of the best in the world at the basic 2nd grade talent of catching a ball, cannot catch Wake. That's amazing to me! How the hell do you hit it if catchers can't catch it?"

Seriously? Like, you realize it's a knuckleball, right? You're the only person I've met who knows how to throw one, and yet you're surprised that it's hard?
Wally said…
I'm not surprised; I'm amazed at HOW hard it is. Varitek, for example, is one of maybe the 10 best catchers in the world and his main job now, as it has been for probably 20 years, is to catch the ball. That a ball can move so much and so unpredictably that this guy looks as foolish as he does when he has to catch Wake is very telling to me.

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