Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Arangure: Carlos Ruiz - The making of an All-Star catcher

This is a long ESPN The Magazine article about Ruiz’s unlikely road to stardom. From dropping out of college and switching from 2B to C at age 19, to having to adapt to a foreign country (the Dominican), to having to adapt to the U.S., to being anointed backup catcher at Reading at age 25, to beating out hot prospect Russ Jacobson for a job, and so on, all at 5’9”. With essential assistance from luminaries like Allan Lewis, Mick Billmeyer, Mike Compton, and John Russell.

Includes interesting details about the importance of coaching, catching techniques, and the whole hidden infrastructure of the minor leagues.

Although Billmeyer’s instruction was based in fundamentals, Compton provided the perfect theoretical complement. He taught Ruiz about the three basic catcher stances: the small stance, which is the relaxed crouch when catchers handle bullpens or situations with nobody on base; the action stance, in which catchers with men on base must be ready to block balls in the dirt; and perhaps most important, the natural stance, the position where catchers have to position themselves optimally to get the benefit of the doubt from umpires on strike calls.

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 02, 2012 at 12:30 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: catching, long reads, panama, phillies

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. GregD Posted: August 02, 2012 at 02:08 PM (#4199020)
One of the most-surprising players I can recall. Even as he began to develop, I always thought he was just riding a hot streak and was heading back to obscurity.
   2. dr. scott Posted: August 02, 2012 at 07:43 PM (#4199271)
great article. Worth the read, and not that long. I should really be writing a test plan though.
   3. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: August 03, 2012 at 12:56 AM (#4199471)
Turning yourself into an MLB catcher has got to be one of the most arduous journeys in sport.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: 2016 Summer Soccer Thread
(966 - 6:35pm, Jun 26)
Last: Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun)

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 6-25-16
(74 - 6:35pm, Jun 26)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogOTP 2016 June 20: I prefer baseball, America's pastime over politics, America's blood sport
(1875 - 6:20pm, Jun 26)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogBaseball making big shift in defensive strategy | The Sacramento Bee
(10 - 6:18pm, Jun 26)
Last: KronicFatigue

NewsblogOut of Prison, Pitcher Relishes a Second Chance With the Rangers - The New York Times
(6 - 6:12pm, Jun 26)
Last: Greg K

NewsblogStarting Nine: Should the Pirates consider trading face of the franchise McCutchen? | TribLIVE
(3 - 6:02pm, Jun 26)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogJose Reyes must demonstrate sincere remorse in return to Mets - NY Daily News
(10 - 5:53pm, Jun 26)
Last: Dog on the sidewalk

NewsblogJay Jaffe: Most deserving players without retired numbers
(19 - 5:37pm, Jun 26)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogYanks must have nearing cutoff date to buy out A-Rod, Teixeira | New York Post
(22 - 5:28pm, Jun 26)
Last: JRVJ

NewsblogPaul Giamatti, a Baseball Commissioner’s Son, Makes His Own Calls - The New York Times
(15 - 5:19pm, Jun 26)
Last: frannyzoo

NewsblogSABR 46 Convention in Miami
(4 - 3:54pm, Jun 26)
Last: Kiko Sakata

NewsblogESPN: Mets to demote Conforto, promote Nimmo.
(6 - 2:39pm, Jun 26)
Last: Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb

NewsblogCommish's Classics: They Weren't Just The Mets; They Were Pond Scum
(7 - 12:47pm, Jun 26)
Last: depletion

NewsblogAre we getting a glimpse of life after David Ortiz?
(1 - 12:14pm, Jun 26)
Last: Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogCleveland Indians riding high, but still need to make deal: Rant of the week | cleveland.com
(1 - 10:56am, Jun 26)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

Page rendered in 0.1155 seconds
47 querie(s) executed