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New York Times on Russell Martin and Why Catcher is the Toughest Position in Baseball

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This article is long, but interesting, IMO. Former Indians Sandy Alomar, Jr. and Tony Pena make cameos discussing the physical pounding that catchers in the big leagues take, but the main focus is on Martin. Here is a sample passage: "The New York Times set out to chronicle one season in the life of one catcher. In effect, to add it up: the exhilarations, satisfactions and challenges, the mechanics of the position and the mental slog of playing it day after day, the bruises and the boredom, the obvious plays and the hidden decisions. Here, then, is a rough accounting a third of the way through Russell Martin’s 2012 season: 54 games; 4461/3 innings; 392 putouts including strikeouts; 11 outs made at the plate, including a rough one last month and a critical tag Saturday to preserve a tie in a game he would catch 14 innings without relief; two balls in the neck; and the occasional smack on the back of the hand or the head by an overswung bat."

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