Wednesday, May 11, 2011
by Jess Estremera
The NY Daily News reports that Josh Thole has been in contact with former catcher Doug Mirabelli for tips on catching R.A. Dickey's knuckleballer pitch. Mirabelli was Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield's personal catcher in Boston. Dickey and Wakefield are close, and it was Dickey who gave Mirabelli's contact information to young Thole hoping that the referral would lead to progress in catching as well as an abundance of defensive tips and tricks. "It will be great to see what he has to say," Thole said. After showing last season that he could handle the knuckleball, Thole has regressed this season- leaving some to speculate that Ronny Paulino would take over the number 1 catching spot on the team. "There is going to be plenty of work for both of those guys," Collins said. "I don't think anybody works any harder than Josh Thole at trying to figure out what you have to do to get a hitter out."