Found February 27, 2013 on
Larry Brown Sports:
Toronto Blue Jays catcher JP Arencibia may have a difficult responsibility this season if the team allows him to catch for R.A. Dickey. Knuckleball pitchers like Dickey and Tim Wakefield will oftentimes have their own personal catcher, but Arencibia is hoping to convince the Jays that he is up to the task.
According to ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Jones, Arencibia has been living life on the edge while working with Dickey in spring training. While catching for Dickey during practice and drills, Arencibia has been using only a mask and the oversized catcher’s mitt that that Dickey takes with him wherever he goes. That means no leg guards, no chest protector and no — gulp — athletic supporter.
“I don’t want to miss every fifth game,” Arencibia explained. “It also makes you really, really concentrate.”
Arencibia said he has been bothered by the belief that he is an average defensive catcher, and he is hoping to prove that he is more than that. Opting to not protect his family jewels is ce...
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The Toronto Blue Jays didn't have a great 2012. Their season collapsed like a house of cards when Jose Bautista broke his wrist and the pitching staff suffered injury after injury. This offseason, Alex Anthopolous made his move. He had accumulated several talented prospects that weren't going to be ready for the majors in 2013, and cashed them in to pick up Jose Reyes, RA...
The first scary collision of the major league baseball season occurred in a spring training game Saturday when Toronto Blue Jays outfielders Mike McCoy and Ryan Langerhans collided while chasing down a fly ball in right-center field.
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#1 Zack Wheeler (P)