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"Swihart does not have the yips"

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by nattysez, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. nattysez

    nattysez Member SoSH Member

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    File this under "he doth protest too much."

    Is this a known issue? Has it been reported anywhere before? I'm confused (and likely overreacting) to the fact that Farrell went out of his way to say that Swihart's issue is NOT the yips when I hadn't previously heard anything about this or any suggestion that he was having an issue with the ball transfer.

    FWIW, I couldn't really find a thread to jam this into, hence the new thread. Hopefully this turns out to be nothing.
     
  2. Savin Hillbilly

    Savin Hillbilly loves the secret sauce SoSH Member

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    Yeah, file under "since you didn't ask, I should mention that I've stopped beating my wife."

    Did anybody notice anything like this going in in 2015 or early 2016? If it's not a new problem that would explain a ton.
     
  3. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

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    I seem to remember one of the sox several catchers in the last couple of years throwing lollipops back to the mound. That's all I got.
     
  4. luckysox

    luckysox Eeyore Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    That was Salty, I think. Swihart has never had anything resembling the yips. I love Spring Training!!
     
  5. nattysez

    nattysez Member SoSH Member

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    This doesn't look good, but it's only one throw:



    Then Jen McCaffrey said, in response to someone incredulously asking why this was being discussed:

     
  6. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

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    Yeah, that could be it.
     
  7. luckysox

    luckysox Eeyore Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    If he throws it over Porcello's head in mid March, I'll worry. Until then, seems like something to worry about because there's nothing to worry about.
     
  8. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio Member SoSH Member

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    In his very limited time behind the plate last season, he was pretty brutal. I seem to recall him having trouble holding onto pitches, losing pitches completely, and a couple of instances where a ball got past him and he simply had no idea where the ball was.
     
  9. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    We should worry about it intensely, as should he. That's the only way it's ever going to get better, right?
     
  10. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    He had a few bad games catching a knuckleball. Other than that he seemed pretty solid back there.
     
  11. Red(s)HawksFan

    Red(s)HawksFan Member SoSH Member

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    Isn't there a simple fix for this?

     
  12. joe dokes

    joe dokes Member SoSH Member

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    Wright wruined him.
     
  13. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Can he sue the Sox for having him catch the knuckler?
     
  14. shaggydog2000

    shaggydog2000 Member SoSH Member

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    Only if it gave him the yips.
     
  15. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio Member SoSH Member

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    As I recall, he struggles weren't limited to the knuckleball, and he only caught Wright once in 2016.

    Swihart's problems weren't just a couple of passed balls. He was universally bad defensively in his short stint as starting catcher.

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    There were other instances of this, including a missed routine popup off the bat of Trumbo, who then proceeded to hit a home run immediately after.
     
  16. TheYaz67

    TheYaz67 Member SoSH Member

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    Well, not exactly Mackey Sasser (just one mini "pump") and maybe Porcello made a funny face at him or something...
     
  17. Mike F

    Mike F Mayor of Fort Myers Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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  18. O Captain! My Captain!

    O Captain! My Captain! Member SoSH Member

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    Swihart wasn't great in a SSS during 2016, but seemed fine--if inexperienced and still learning--in 2015.
     
  19. nattysez

    nattysez Member SoSH Member

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    Masslive's piece says this has been going on for a couple of days.

    Deadspin also has an article on this, but (as you'd expect) it's just an aggregation of the Masslive piece.
     
  20. Mike Greenwall

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