1. Tim Hudson reminds Eddie Perez of Greg Maddux, and Perez wishes he could always catch Hudson.
2. But he won’t, because he’s been assigned to catch Mike Hampton this year.
The latter is interesting because it’s what I suggested the Braves do last year. Actually, I suggested a platoon, but that if they have to have an assigned pitcher for the backup catcher, it should be Hampton, because:
1. Perez’s shoulder problems would be less of a big deal with Hampton, who is the Braves’ best pitcher at holding runners;
2. Perez’s terrible, terrible offense would be less of a problem with Hampton, who is the Braves’ best hitting pitcher.
#1 turned out to not be such a big deal, or rather Estrada turned out to be even worse at throwing out baserunners. #2 certainly was a big deal.