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QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Question: If the catching position is a power position and the Reds have a catcher not hitting at the Mendoza Line, let alone his weight, why do the Reds permit Ryan Hanigan to go anywhere near the field? — JONATHAN, SAN FRANCISCO.
Answer: You are right in that Hanigan, who weighs 210, is not hitting his weight (210) or above the Mendoza Line (.199) because he is at .195. I’ve never heard the catching position referred to as a power position. Manager Dusty Baker insists a catcher’s responsibility is mostly defensive and any offense is a bonus. Have you seen Hanigan throw out baserunners and handle pitchers? As Baker says, “If you have a hitting catcher you have Johnny Bench or Buster Posey and there aren’t many of those around.”