During the pregame show on FOX the commentators in the booth were discussing Yost’s plan to only use Wright if the game went into extra-innings, in which case Vogt would be his catcher. If Yost was concerned about losing the game on a passed ball then a tie game in extra-innings seems like the worst position to use Wright in.
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It’s more likely he considered the knuckelballer a last resort, which is in line with his comments about Wright’s ability to pitch multiple innings, which only would be necessary if more than nine innings were necessary to determine a winner.
Here’s an idea that would solve the dilemma Yost found himself in. If a knuckleball pitcher gets selected to an All-Star Game he should be allowed to bring his own personal catcher along. They would be a package deal, an extra catcher that could only be used while the knuckleballer is on the mound.
Don’t want to reward Hanigan’s injury-plagued season? Vazquez is back in Triple-A? Fine, well Sandy Leon had a great month of June, send him instead. Is his success too small of a sample size? Let’s see if Doug Mirabelli is busy then.
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