Re: Majors' best catching combo, LaRue, Valentin try for reprise (1/18)
a) I heard Jason LaRue on an MLB Radio online interview a couple of weeks back. He said that if Paul Wilson could come back and Eric Milton could pitch the way he did in the second half (news flash: 5.55 ERA), the Reds would challenge for the division title. Jason certainly couldn't have gone on the record talking about the team's pitching being horsecrap, could he? Could any player? OF COURSE a catcher isn't going to rip his veteran starting pitchers. What goes on behind closed doors is something only a privileged few will ever know. We can speculate all we want about intangibles, but all I know for sure is that the pitching staff is embarrassingly bad and hasn't gotten that much better.
b) Sean Casey's presence did not help the club win. It did not help the club lose, either. I don't believe Jason LaRue's anointed leadership will help the club win or lose, either. There's just no way to measure these things.