Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By ZACH DILLARD  |  Last updated 8/30/13
Gerald Laird knows a Gold Glove-caliber pitcher when he sees one. Over the course of 11 major league seasons, the Braves' veteran backup catcher has listed as his teammates some of the best and most consistent defensive pitchers of the past decade, working with the likes of Kenny Rogers and R.A. Dickey in Texas, Adam Wainwright in St. Louis -- albeit in extremely limited fashion due to Wainwright's need for Tommy John surgery in Laird's lone season as a Cardinal -- and Justin Verlander in Detroit. His rookie teammate, Julio Teheran, could be the next in line. Laird understands there are varying and indirect ways for a pitcher to affect opposing offenses aside from the obvious act of throwing a baseball toward the catcher's mitt. Pitchers, moreso than any other defensive position, control their opponent's running game using pickoff moves, sidesteps, snap throws, extended pauses and pitch-outs to prevent extra damage on the base paths. Intuitive types like Rogers and, of course, G...
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