Much is expected this season from New York Mets catcher Josh Thole. I really enjoyed reading the article where I saw the quote below.
“He’s going to come to the field at a certain time at the start of the series to do his preparation from the video,” Geren begins. “Then, at a certain time, he’s going to meet with the pitching coach to go over it. He’s going to be heavily involved in the pitchers’ meeting, passing on what he’s observed. He’ll talk to the pitchers in between innings about how that inning went and who’s coming up next. That’s just the beginning.” Geren says when other players are playing cards on team flights, he expects to see Thole with his iPad, watching video of the next opponent. Not only does Geren want to see Thole putting in extra time, he wants the pitchers to see it. (online source)
The “Geren” mentioned above is bench coach and former Oakland A’s manager Bob Geren.
It’s hard to believe that a major league player wouldn’t have a consistent pre-game ritual but this is the Mets so anything is possible I guess.
It’s also hard to believe that a major league catcher wouldn’t be doing all of the things that Geren is now requiring of Thole but at least this is a good sign that the coaches are trying to correct the glaring problems that they see.
What’s even harder to believe is that no one caught this last year. Perhaps had someone done so Thole’s year wouldn’t have been as difficult for him not to mention difficult for us all to watch.
I must admit I’m not a big Josh Thole fan but I am a fan of hard work and if this routine makes Josh Thole a better defensive catcher and a more confident game caller then I for one am all for it.