“That’s the most important part about spring training for me, the catching,” he said. “You need to learn what those guys like to do. Getting in games, I like pitchers to shake me off early on just so I can get in their brain and see what they like to throw and how they like to work a hitter when they’re on the mound.
“Those are the kind of things spring training is for. You learn the guys, what pitches they can throw for strikes and what they’re working on. You learn their keys and the words you can say to them. Because in June you can remember what you said in spring training and get them back on track.”