But Hanigan was just as responsible for Homer Bailey's no hitter as Homer Bailey!
"Kenny: "Bit of a surprise here, Bill. You throw this right out at us: Ryan Hanigan of the Cincinnati Reds. Why Hanigan?"
James: "With Ben Zobrist, those two are the most underrated players in baseball. I mean, Hanigan's on-base percentage is not only good, it's very, very good. He's hit .260, .270 or better every year of his career. He walks a lot. He throws extremely well. The Cincinnati Reds' ERA with Hanigan catching last year was 3.04; when he wasn't catching, it was up around 3.8. Maybe Ben Zobrist is the most underrated player in baseball, but Ryan Hanigan may be the most underrated player in baseball."
Bill James 2/13
If you were watching last night, you saw a pickoff move called from the bench. That and pitchouts calls are what come frome the bench.
Big Klu (07-26-2013)
So the bench calls the game, the pitcher calls the game AND the catcher calls the game? Next thing we know, the umpires will be calling the game.
Reds manager Dusty Baker wasn't quite ready to make Mesoraco the full-time catcher. Ryan Hanigan will get significant playing time when he returns from the disabled list.
"Hanigan is still going to get in there," Baker said. "There are certain teams that don't run when Hanigan's in there. There are certain guys that throw well to him. I'm fortunate to have a veteran guy and a guy that's on the way and learning.
"Someday, the job is going to be Meso's. It's just not now."
Whether this means that Hanigan is going back to the 60% catcher or if it just means Mesoraco isn't going to get 80% of the starts, I don't know. I think it means Hanigan goes back to being the 60% guy, but I guess we will find out.
^ Not that much differently than the way Dusty handled the Rolen-to-Frazier transition.