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Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand
Thursday, August 02, 2012
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.
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