Re: Trade Salty NOW!
posted at 4/4/2013 2:12 PM EDT
The next "Bob Montgomery"?
I loved Monty, just played hard every game! What the kids today call a gamer, what i called a real pro!
It wasn't meaant to be a slam on Vasquez.
I was just messin' with the "next Carlton Fisk" BILL.
I know that my friend. I know you deal with facts, not premonitions! Vascy looks like a real player.
I'm a big fan of catcher and SS defense. That was one reason I was all over trying to trade salty after the 2011 season. I had given up on any chance of his defense improving. Sometime in May of last year, a poster told me to keep a closer eye on Salty, and that he was improving. I did just that, and saw a big improvement. Virtually all the numbers (except CS%) back up that observation.
As most of you know, VTek did not really become well known for his defense until he was 31 to 32 years old. He had even led the league in PBs for 2 seasons at the ages Salty was the last 2 years.
Salty's been around a long time, so I think people assume that if he hasn't learned by now, he never will. The fact is, Salty hardly ever was given the FT catching job. He rode the bench for long stretches, was jerked from AAA to MLB and back numerous times, and was even used at 1B for a while. Call it "slow learning" or whatever, to me, Salty has improved greatly behind the plate. I hope it continues.