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What insiders say about new Rays C Mike Zunino

Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by gatorjjh, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Irvine, Fl
    Tampa Bay Rays
    What insiders say about new Rays C Mike Zunino
    By Marc Topkin Tampa Bay Online
    Published: November 9, 2018
    Seattle Times beat writer Ryan Divish took to his @RyanDivish Twitter account to post some interesting thoughts on C Mike Zunino, who was traded from the Mariners to the Rays on Thursday in a five-player deal also featuring OF Mallex Smith. Divish has been covering the Mariners since 2006, and covered Zunino since he was the team's first pick in 2012.

    Divish's take:
    "Definitely going to miss covering Mike Zunino. He was great dude, always available and accommodating for the media. He was honest and forthcoming about his failures at the plate. It bothered him immensely, but he always knew his first priority was defense and working pitchers.

    "He was universally respected in the Mariners' clubhouse even at a young age because of his freakish strength, his good nature, his willingness to work and always put the pitchers and their needs ahead of his own. They also knew he had their back on the field.

    "The Mariners' foolish decision to rush him to the big leagues after less than 100 minor league games did damage to his development that may never be repaired. He never once blamed anyone but himself for his struggles. And there were obvious struggles. So many swings and misses.

    What insiders say about new Rays C Mike Zunino
  2. GatorLurker

    GatorLurker VIP Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Many teams can adsorb a phenomenal defensive catcher with an anemic bat. Z is a great defensive catcher. And while his BA is almost to the Mendoza line he does hit a fair amount of homers. Guys like Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench, Mickey Cochrane, Roy Campanella, Mike Piazza, Ivan Rodriguez, Carlton Fisk, etc. that are both great behind and at the plate are anomalies.
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  3. MadduxFanII

    MadduxFanII GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 10, 2007
    There's a funny comment in there from an anonymous Mariners' player who refuted the rumor that Zunino was involved in a big fight in the Seattle clubhouse. "First of all, no one would fight Mike. Second of all, if they did, you'd be writing about the other players going to the hospital."
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    Apr 8, 2007
    Maybe fresh start with TB and being close to former Gator coaches will help him
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  5. 74nole

    74nole GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 9, 2007
    Marianna, Fl
    Kinda reminds me of another MLB catcher that I know well—Jeff Mathis—a learning pitcher’s dream...
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