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Josh Thole to get a crack at the Mets' catching job

Feb 16, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

The Newark Star-Ledger reported today that Josh Thole will
compete with Omir Santos to be the Mets’ starting catcher. Omar Minaya:

“I
think Thole is going to compete for a job in spring training. We’ll see how he plays coming off a very good year. He led the
league in hitting in Venezuela (winter ball). With Thole, where is he?
Do we rush him? Does he take the job?”

You’ll recall a few weeks ago that Jerry Manuel had said that Santos would be his preferred number one.  Hopefully Minaya’s comments here control the situation and, rather than handing the sure-to-be-godawful Santos, Thole is given a chance.  Thole is younger, for one thing. And unlike Santos — who has a career .258/.304/.348 line in many, many minor league seasons — Thole has shown some on-base skills in the minors.

  1. BC - Feb 16, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Gee. That’s great. I’m sure this will put my Mets over the top. Seriously.
    If only I knew who this dude was.

  2. True Grich - Feb 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Something about this posts makes me think of plumbers and I can’t get the image out of my head. Please make it stop.

  3. Bubb - Feb 16, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    It gets better every day doesn’t it?

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