DaddyO, on 26 April 2012 - 01:22 PM, said:
True 'nuff, and I'm not seriously suggesting he will break or even approach the record. But you gotta admit that even for him (most PB's ever in a season, 16) he's off to a rough start in that department.
Yes he is off to a rough start. If he's suppose to be showing the other catchers how to do it, we better hope they're not watching that part.
Which only makes Olivo's performance in this department all the more ugly. Although I gotta admit the movement of Felix' pitches is hellacious. But what's really disturbing is WATCHING them, because so many seem inexplicable. It's sad, because other than whiffing on or failing to block pitches Miguel is a pretty good catcher.
Wedge certainly likes him. He certainly has the best leadership qualities of the position players, and Wedge seems to value that. Eventually the group of young players will develop their own leadership, and we can be done with the OTH vets. His loyalty to the Mariners is high, and it's hard for management to not value that.
I'm not making excuses, even though it looks like I am. Managers are people, and develop a relationship with their players, especially the ones that have been around a while. My point is that it's not just about numbers, baseball is a real game played by real players, and the human element can be really confusing compared to the numbers that sometimes tell a different story. Olivo's going to be around longer than most of us will like, but he will be gone soon enough.
I certainly believe that Wedge is over using him right now, but I also expect that will change as the season develops. I have no idea what's going on with Jaso, but with Montero I agree that he should be gradually transitioned into becoming a full-time catcher. Finally, if Olivo is going to be traded as many of us expect, then Wedge will have to showcase him for the other MLB teams. Olivo is not just struggling to be the #1 catcher with the Mariners, he's struggling to be the #1 catcher on a yet to be named MLB team that will need a catcher due to injury or some other reason.
This post has been edited by Vidya: 27 April 2012 - 11:29 AM