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M’s emergency catcher is Adam Kennedy, who has never caught

Jun 29, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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To follow up on Craig’s earlier post on the Seattle Mariners’ catching situation – always a big water cooler topic – it turns out they do have an emergency catcher after all.

His name is Adam Kennedy.

And it’s possible there has never been a more reluctant emergency catcher on the history of baseball. Kennedy said today that he has never caught, not even in Little League. And Chris Gimenez, whose oblique injury landed him on the DL today, knew he had to stay in the game last night after taking one look in Kennedy’s eyes.

“I’m not going to put anybody else in jeopardy of getting hurt,” Gimenez said. “Adam already looked like he wanted to puke just from the fact he possibly could have to go in if something else happened.”

Rest assured no one was happier than Kennedy to see Josh Bard called up today, though with Miguel Olivo battling a hamstring cramp, there still could be a need for his services behind the dish.

Which raises the question of how the Mariners chose Kennedy to be their emergency catcher? I’m guessing it went something like this:

Eric Wedge: Alright everybody listen up. I want everyone who would like to volunteer to be the emergency catcher take one step forward.

Entire team, except Adam Kennedy, takes one step back.

Kennedy: Ahh @#^*&^@!!

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  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 29, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    He was last to touch his nose in the “not it” game.

  2. hittfamily - Jun 29, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    I once lied on a resume and said I was proficient in excel, even though in a college computer class I had taken a decade earlier, we only spent 2 1 hour classes on it. Everything was great for 6 or 8 months, but then inventory came, and who do you think was picked to do the spreadsheets. I about cried, then spent all night watching every youtube video I could get my hands on learning it.

    I bet Adam Kennedy has done the same thing.

    “Oh yeah Mr GM, I can play first, second, third, outfield, and did some pitching and catching in the minors.”

    Then his number got called, just like mine did.

  3. tribester - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    I’d be curious to see the list of every team’s emergency catchers. It could be more interesting than watching a utility infielder have to pitch.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 30, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    C’mon…how hard could it be?


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