Wednesday, October 26, 2011


This year's World Series will probably not be known for this, but it should be:

We are getting to watch two great catchers — The Card's Yadier Molina and the Ranger's Mike Napoli — at the very top of their games. Great arms, good at-bats, calling good games, just a lot of fun to watch.

Which in turn brings to mind that out of all the terrific ballplayers we've seen in a Bulls uniform over the years, I can't recall an outstanding catcher. We've had a couple of Crash Davis types, and I have really enjoyed watching them, but never a really promising youngster.

DRR's comment yesterday pointed out that many in the blogosphere are expecting (hoping?) that the Rays will be in the hunt for a catcher because although they have five catchers on the 40-man, none is very promising — Ashley, Shoppach, Jaso, Chirinos, and Lobaton. We've seen all except Shoppach in a Bulls uniform and we have to agree that the Rays should be shopping for a first string catcher.

But to come back to my original point, what I'd really love to see in a Bulls uniform is a young Molina or a young Napoli. Wouldn't that be fun? Wouldn't it be neat if the Rays, in addition to a first-stringer, also get their hands on a young catching prospect for us to watch here for a couple of years?


  1. It would be nice, but it seems that so many teams are afraid to leave players at catcher that there is a shortage of quality defensive catchers who can also swing the bat.

    As for the Rays, I have heard suggestions that they target Yasmani Grandal of the Reds in a trade. He is young enough that he would likely spend some time with the Bulls.

  2. talk about a catch...

    watch Longoria at the 26 second mark of this


  3. Nice catch, but it was faked for a Gillette commercial.

  4. thanks I wondered about the back story on that

  5. FYI, Dan Johnson refused his assignment to the Bulls and is now a free agent.

  6. I've been out of town and out of touch. Thanks for info on Dan. Didn't expect him back, but he sure helped the Bulls out a lot the last couple of years.