When catching unfamiliar arms, a signal caller generally works “book” and falls back on a pitcher’s best pitch in strikeout situations. It’s a common practice as battery mates learn the tendencies and preferences of their respective partners. Whether high school, college, or professional baseball, it’s a common occurrence played out on diamonds around the world. Was the Masahiro Tanaka injury a bi product of Brian McCann having to learn a new pitching staff?
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