• Kelly Stinnett

    Posted by on November 30th, 2005 · Comments (2)

    Reportedly, the Yankees have signed Kelly Stinnett to be a back-up catcher in 2006.

    Supposedly, he’s hard-nosed. That’s always good in a catcher. But, he’s not much of a stick. His lifetime Offensive Winning Percentage is .399. But, it was .438 from 2001 to 2005 – and it’s been .484 over the last two seasons. So, maybe he’s getting better as he gets older?

    I still have to wonder how much Randy Johnson’s input went into this move. It sure smells like the Yankees went out to get Unit a personal catcher – since the two have a history from Arizona.

    Comments on Kelly Stinnett

    1. Raf
      November 30th, 2005 | 11:39 am

      I still have to wonder how much Randy Johnson’s input went into this move. It sure smells like the Yankees went out to get Unit a personal catcher – since the two have a history from Arizona.
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      Who knows? From the looks of it, they (RJ & KS) were together in 1999 & 2000. Damian Miller was the starting catcher during that timeframe, and he caught the bulk of RJ’s starts.

    2. MJ
      November 30th, 2005 | 2:12 pm

      I love the idea of a personal catcher. Why not? Since catchers shouldn’t play 162 games a year anyway, why not have a guy that one or two pitchers absolutely love working with? If it coaxes better performances out of those pitchers, doesn’t that give the team a better chance of winning? Was it so bad for Maddux to like playing catch with someone other than Javy Lopez? Did the Braves not enjoy all those 18-2 seasons in the mid-90s?

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