Rivera named backup catcher

26 03 2008

The Milwaukee Brewers named Mike Rivera the backup catcher to Jason Kendall today.  Ned Yost continues to prioritize defensive skills over offensive power, which makes sense because the Crew obviously has enough offensive firepower.

Mike has had a fairly good spring.  He’s batted .283 during Spring Training thus far.  That would be more than enough for a backup catcher, especially one that Yost says calls a good game like Rivera.  After this move, only the final infield position has left to be filled.  Joe Dillon and Abraham Nunez look to be competing for the final spot on the bench.  Dillon certainly appears to have the upper hand in the battle.

Eric Munson is the unfortunate casualty from this move.  He had been swinging the bat very well, hitting .333.  Eric had to clear waivers to get sent to Triple-A, but he may not accept the move and search for a job elsewhere.  He will be the backup to Vinny Rottino, who had been promised the starting job in Nashville.  I’m not totally sure that Munson will accept the position in Nashville, as he could easily find a job as a starting catcher on a Triple-A team elsewhere.



One response

26 03 2008

man, I was hoping for Munson. But I guess if Rivera calls a good game…that’s all we asked out of Miller last year and he hit a grand slam!! I’m excited for Rottino too, I didn’t know he played catcher (because he was an infielder on the 40-man) until a few posts ago, but he seems to be good at it.

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