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Buck Martinez, who caught in the majors for 17 years, managed the Blue Jays, and is now a broadcaster, feels a catcher can make a difference with a staff.
The guy who's struggling the most, Buchholz, is the guy who refused to pitch to Varitek.
At the major league level pitchers call their own game and assume the responsibility for pitch selection
Are you thinking of a different pitcher? And a different catcher? Besides the fact that Varitek did catch for Buchholz on at least one occasion last year (I didn't see any reason to look beyond one April start the two were a battery), I find it hard to believe that a pitcher would have qualms about throwing to a backstop who was behind the plate when the guy threw a no-hitter in his second big-league start.
there was a certain confidence to the way he would call the pitches
What does that even mean?
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