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Catchers Gone Wild
PHIL TAYLOR
June 07, 2010
Pat, pat, stride, release. The young catcher rises from his crouch and goes through this new routine each time he tosses the ball back to the pitcher, practicing the choreography he hopes will return him to the big leagues. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 25, was the Opening Day catcher for the Rangers, a 6'4", 235-pound switch-hitter with a promising future. But that was before his arm—or was it his mind?—betrayed him, before he began throwing wildly back to the pitcher, at first just occasionally, then several times a game. What do you do when a simple task becomes so complicated? You try to take your brain out of the equation. That's what Saltalamacchia is doing now in Oklahoma City with Texas's Triple A team: making sure to tap the ball twice against his glove before stepping toward the pitcher and throwing in hopes of committing the new rhythm to muscle memory.
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June 07, 2010

Catchers Gone Wild

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