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  1. And so, when you find out that John Jaso is an asset with the bat and on the basepaths, it’s no surprise that you can trace these things back to his training behind the plate.

    If we can trace these things back to being a catcher, why are most catchers below average hitters and poor baserunners?

    Comment by Sam — May 31, 2013 @ 9:08 am

  2. Strange to say “he’s a catcher first” seeing as he’s really bad at it.

    Comment by Forrest Gumption — May 31, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  3. Body type. Jaso has a more athletic build than say, Dioner Navarro.

    Comment by Forrest Gumption — May 31, 2013 @ 9:14 am

  4. For baserunning, they’re REALLY slow.

    Comment by Ned — May 31, 2013 @ 9:17 am

  5. Probably has to do with athleticism, as stated above. Also, just because one has the opportunity to learn nuances of the game from doesn’t mean all the players will take advantage of that situation.

    Comment by Ericpalmer — May 31, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  6. …nuances of the game **from behind the plate**

    Comment by Ericpalmer — May 31, 2013 @ 9:57 am

  7. When it comes to the first pitch, he doesn’t mind being a little passive. … He points out that it was fine if he missed a good pitch — “you’ve seen the pitcher’s release point and you’ve gotten a better sense of timing.”

    Cue Eric Wedge’s apoplectic rage. “That’s why we got rid of that… that… sabremetrician.” He shakes his head. “Still,” he muses sadly, “it was not soon enough. He ruined Ackley. Ruined.“.

    Comment by scraps — May 31, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  8. He’s a first basemen with excellent baseball IQ. Watch the guy “catch” sometime. There’s a reason he’s on his third team in three years despite having an excellent approach.

    Comment by Sandy Kazmir — May 31, 2013 @ 10:52 am

  9. John Jaso kinda reminds me of Jason Kendall for whatever reason. Maybe the athletic catcher thing.

    Comment by Benzedrine — May 31, 2013 @ 11:07 am

  10. Just in mindset. Didn’t cover the defense on purpose.

    Comment by Eno Sarris — May 31, 2013 @ 11:26 am

  11. “really bad at it” is more than a little bit of an exaggeration.

    He’s below average, yes, but he isn’t a defensive liability behind the plate like say, a Mike Napoli, Ryan Doumit, or Jesus Montero is.

    Comment by BX — May 31, 2013 @ 11:51 am

  12. I echo the laments over his defense. His throws to second on attempted steals are always wobbly and inaccurate. And I wonder I he handles pitchers well/calls good game plans. I think this might be a case of Jaso developing an unusual skill set for a position he is not good at.

    Comment by Bab — May 31, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

  13. So catcher’s gear isn’t really tools of ignorance?

    Comment by Kazinksi — May 31, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

  14. Actually he is quite bad defensively. Can’t throw and can’t frame for shit.

    Comment by Dave — May 31, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

  15. look guys, the point of the article isn’t to address his ability behind the plate. stop being obtuse.

    Comment by mooks — May 31, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

  16. Well, he did catch Felix’ perfect game; while that’s almost entirely Felix, he was back there calling pitches and I don’t recall Felix shaking him off all that often.

    Comment by joser — June 1, 2013 @ 5:24 am

  17. “There’s a reason catchers often make great managers and coaches.” A statement that does not apply to JP Arencibia

    Comment by Qd6 — June 2, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

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