OAFC BBS - All Topics: Archive: Ramon Hernandez - Fearless Leader
I always liked Ramon, but fearless at blocking the plate? Isn't that exactly what many of us criticized him for NOT doing?
I believe they are referring to his ability to block everything else ... namely errant pitches, at which he is outstanding. A's pitchers loved throwing to him ... especially with a runner on third where they didn't have to worry about errant in the dirt splitters, etc.
I think they were referring to him blocking the plate because of their mention of his collision last year that caused injury.
DeaJay--and there is not a better pre-game stretcher in all of baseball than Ramon Hernandez.
I agree. This writer is almost as far off base as Ramon was whenever he took a throw.
Of course, a number of times Ramon was far off "base" ... the plate ... was because that was where the throw was. Not making excuses though, because even when it was there, he did seem to have difficulty completing the play. To be kind.
He's no Jason Kendall! Hell, in my book he is no Damian Miller!
Miller is a very good catcher, for sure. I'd still rather have Ramon behind the plate than him, as other than blocking runners at the plate, Ramon is a better defensive catcher than Miller. I haven't seen Kendall yet, so I won't offer an opinion there. But, remember ... especially when you're comparing Ramon and Miller ... one of the most important requirements of a catcher is his ability to work with the staff and call the game. Yes, $ was an issue (but a small part) with Miller. The A's ... both brass and pitchers ... were not at all happy with his game calling. And a number of complaints were that he rarely followed the game plan. While Miller was very good at blocking pitches, he was still no Ramon in that category, either.
I recall one time Rincon blocked the plate more effectively than Ramon. I agree Ramon worked well with the staff but he probably saw that Fosse vs Rose collision one too many times.
Ramon's too pretty to be a catcher anyway. You wouldn't want him to get run over by some Big Steroid Creature and something to happen to that face, or the hair, or that cute little tush, would you?
I'm not gay so I would not know about that cute little tush?
You don't have to be gay to appreciate the man has a nice trasero.
I had to go to freetranslation.com to look up "trasero", although I have a pretty good idea what it means.
Well, given (what seems to be) the good relationship he has with BB, maybe the A's have something for him. Anyway, that has been my thought as I read about his situation. And, gosh, "In Billy We Trust" being on the back of the t-shirts he's peddling, shouldn't hurt either. And it is likely I will buy one of shirts, too. They look pretty neat, besides.
Tyler Bleszinski is an enormously talented writer. I wouldn't be surprised to see him easily land a plum sportswriting job somewhere. He sure does a bang-up job for AN.
Got any pictures?
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