So let Varitek catch the guy and have Bard spell him with someone else. IMO, if you want a personal catcher, you better be Greg Maddux or Carlton. Wakefield does not quite make that grade.
So making a move that will help give Boston a chance at winning baseball games is based on reputation?
I could hear the meeting:
Francona: We need Mirabelli, Bard isn't getting it done and Wake prefers him.
Boston Brass: I don't know, Wakefield isn't really established enough to have his own catcher.
Francona: Hmm, you might be right, he hasn't really done anything to garner a personal catcher.
That is the most absurd comment I have ever heard. Bard was obviously having a hell of a time catching Wakefield and last time I checked, Wakefield is a knuckleballer, not a finese guy like Maddux or fireballer like Carlton. If I run a team and I can get a guy who will undoubtebly help one of my starting pitchers, I'm going to do it, especially over a guy who isn't getting it done.
Sure, Wakefield isn't Oswalt, Carpenter, or like any of the upper echelon pitchers, but the guy throws a knuckleball which makes him entirely different from all of those guys.
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