During an appearance on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove show on Thursday night, new Mets catcher John Buck told Kevin Burkhardt that left-hander Johan Santana may have been tipping his pitches last season. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Michael Baron at MetsBlog…
“Being on the other side—whether it’s Johan tipping his pitches or whatever—those little tiny things will help. I was just on the other side hitting off of him. Maybe we can tighten some of those things up.”
Buck, 32, played for the division rival Marlins last season. He went 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts in four plate appearances against Santana in 2012, and the Marlins as a team only scored four runs in 12 2/3 innings against the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner. If Johan was tipping pitches, Miami didn’t take advantage.
...Buck told Burkhardt to “consider it cleared up,” an indication that he and his new teammate have discussed the apparent pitch-tipping problem. Santana’s season ended in mid-August due to an ankle sprain and lower back inflammation, which are much greater long-term concerns. The Mets owe the southpaw $25 million in 2013, then have to pay him the $5.5 million buyout of his $25 million club option after the season.
Posted: February 08, 2013 at 03:56 PM | 25 comment(s)
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