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
Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogPadres Acquire Derek Norris – MLB Trade Rumors
(17 - 4:58am, Dec 19)
Last: Harveys Wallbangers

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - December 2014
(708 - 4:33am, Dec 19)
Last: It's a shame about Athletic Supporter

NewsblogOT: Politics - December 2014: Baseball & Politics Collide in New Thriller
(4881 - 4:33am, Dec 19)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

NewsblogThe 4 surprisingly quiet teams of the MLB offseason
(9 - 4:21am, Dec 19)
Last: baerga1

NewsblogRoyals sign Kris Medlen to two-year deal - MLB Daily Dish
(26 - 3:58am, Dec 19)
Last: Harveys Wallbangers

NewsblogThe Dan Shaughnessy Hall Of Fame Ballot
(59 - 2:45am, Dec 19)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogOT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(1352 - 2:09am, Dec 19)
Last: Maxwn

NewsblogSaint Pete City Council Tells Rays NYET!
(3 - 1:57am, Dec 19)
Last: Dale Sams

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(9159 - 11:35pm, Dec 18)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogThe 2015 HOF Ballot Collecting Gizmo!
(61 - 11:25pm, Dec 18)
Last: Dr. Chaleeko

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-18-2014
(42 - 9:34pm, Dec 18)
Last: Pops Freshenmeyer

NewsblogMatt Kemp's arthritic hips hold up deal with Padres
(41 - 9:05pm, Dec 18)
Last: Jeff Frances the Mute

NewsblogAre Wil Myers' flaws fixable? | FOX Sports
(103 - 8:09pm, Dec 18)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogHow Will MLB Handle Big Changes With Cuba? - BaseballAmerica.com
(2 - 6:13pm, Dec 18)
Last: TDF, situational idiot

NewsblogMLBTR: Padres-Rays-Nationals Agree to Three-Team Trade
(56 - 6:03pm, Dec 18)
Last: boteman

Page rendered in 0.1558 seconds
48 querie(s) executed