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Faith in Saltalamacchia misplaced?

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08:13 AM ET 04.04 | As the team's catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia may find himself at the center of many discussions about what ails the pitching staff -- and his numbers at the dish aren't going to help. The Sox hitched their wagon to Saltalamacchia, and his strong spring reinforced their evaluation. Three poor games haven't changed that, but fans are wondering about the team's faith in him, and that will be an ongoing situation. This was, after all, Jason Varitek's team for more than a decade, and now Saltalamacchia needs to prove he's a worthy successor. Tough to do when you've started the season 0 for 10 and when the staff you're handling has allowed 26 runs, 34 hits, and 11 homers in a three-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers, capped off by Sunday's 5-1 loss.

The Boston Globe

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April 4, 2011  08:33 AM ET

I really don't know what's going through Theo's mind sometimes. This guy has sucked wherever he's been, so why would anyone believe he would suddenly become better, just because he's in Boston. Still say he just should have gone out and found the best defensive catcher available, and not worry about much offense from that position.

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April 4, 2011  08:47 AM ET
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I'm happy that Boston pitching staff has gotten off to a bad start...will it continue? Probably not but its fun to watch this happen to them.

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April 4, 2011  08:48 AM ET
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nice.

April 4, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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nice.

Thank you.

April 4, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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I really don't know what's going through Theo's mind sometimes. This guy has sucked wherever he's been, so why would anyone believe he would suddenly become better, just because he's in Boston. Still say he just should have gone out and found the best defensive catcher available, and not worry about much offense from that position.

I thought Salt was that defensive catcher.

April 4, 2011  09:04 AM ET
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I thought Salt was that defensive catcher.

He's never been a good defensive catcher. Texas tried to make a 1B out of him.

April 4, 2011  09:08 AM ET
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I really don't know what's going through Theo's mind sometimes. This guy has sucked wherever he's been, so why would anyone believe he would suddenly become better, just because he's in Boston. Still say he just should have gone out and found the best defensive catcher available, and not worry about much offense from that position.

You are right. Early returns show that Russell Martin was the best deal out there. First time he has been healthy in two years.
At least he had a track record. Smart move of the Yankees to sign him for two years at $4 million a year.

April 4, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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I really don't know what's going through Theo's mind sometimes. This guy has sucked wherever he's been, so why would anyone believe he would suddenly become better, just because he's in Boston. Still say he just should have gone out and found the best defensive catcher available, and not worry about much offense from that position.

Relax guy. He's 25 years old. He's just coming into the age where players turn the corner. This guy was thrust into the MLB when he was only 21 with the expectations that he was going to be the next superstar catcher (he was the centerpiece of a trade for one the game's best players). He's had no chance to refine his game in the minors like most current 25 year olds. Give him a break.

And remember, Varitek was a 25 year old cast-off from Seattle (thank you Heathcliff Slocumb) and didn't end up being effective until he was 27. Let's give Salty the benefit of the doubt and give him a few more than 3 games.

April 4, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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You are right. Early returns show that Russell Martin was the best deal out there. First time he has been healthy in two years.At least he had a track record. Smart move of the Yankees to sign him for two years at $4 million a year.

yeah, but I wouldn't get to excited about Russell Martin quite yet.

April 4, 2011  09:16 AM ET
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Relax guy. He's 25 years old. He's just coming into the age where players turn the corner. This guy was thrust into the MLB when he was only 21 with the expectations that he was going to be the next superstar catcher (he was the centerpiece of a trade for one the game's best players). He's had no chance to refine his game in the minors like most current 25 year olds. Give him a break.And remember, Varitek was a 25 year old cast-off from Seattle (thank you Heathcliff Slocumb) and didn't end up being effective until he was 27. Let's give Salty the benefit of the doubt and give him a few more than 3 games.

I agree to give him a chance. I mean what other choice do they have. But to go into the season with no other viable options behind the plate, was a bad move on Theo's part. I mean, do you really think Texas would have just given him away if they saw anything at all, that would have led them to believe he could do the job?

April 4, 2011  09:16 AM ET

Surprised Tek didnt catch yesterday afternoon, especially after the night game on Saturday...wow what a lousy start.

April 4, 2011  09:17 AM ET
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yeah, but I wouldn't get to excited about Russell Martin quite yet.

True. But nobody plays well when injured. Especially a catcher.
And the Yankee catchers were the worst in MLB throwing runners out last year. So he is a big step up. That is why Posada is now a DH.

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April 4, 2011  09:21 AM ET
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True. But nobody plays well when injured. Especially a catcher.And the Yankee catchers were the worst in MLB throwing runners out last year. So he is a big step up. That is why Posada is now a DH.

Also, he's just keeping the position warm until one of the kids is ready to take that job. Boston, has nobody in the farm system, as far as catchers go to get excited about.

April 4, 2011  09:23 AM ET
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Look outside ;)

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April 4, 2011  09:25 AM ET

If he does not pick his game up soon, we shall see how tough he is.
He is not in Arlington anymore. He is in the land of the" Long Knives." That Boston Press can leave you bleeding.

April 4, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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You could be right, but the arsewholes at the Globb don't care to earn their living being fair. They prefer to sell papers with garbage like this after 3 whole games.

Should have read yours first. I agree.

 
April 4, 2011  09:28 AM ET
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He's never been a good defensive catcher. Texas tried to make a 1B out of him.

Texas never tried to make him a 1B ... they have had tons of 1B w/o needing to convert a HS phenom ... if salty ever finds that power stroke the Braves saw in him way back when, Boston will be glad they got hiim ... he has a decent enough arm and plays good defense. He might need some experience calling a game ... but he can do the job ... all this bs crap about what a player has or doesn't have 3 games into the season is just that ... bull****

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