Mr. Terry Ryan, Ladies and Gentlemen…
Well, once again Terry Ryan seems to have made another shrewd move in trying to re-tool a somewhat lost franchise.
Ryan Doumit (formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates) was brought in to back-up Joe Mauer in 2012. As we all know, that gig means catching noon “getaway” days as a given, as well as perhaps being thrust into a starting role should Mauer succumb to injury again.
After seeing Drew Butera & Rene Rivera make Tim “Buck Ninety” Laudner seem like a batting champion, Ryan realized that a backstop with a good combination of defense and pop in the bat is a must on this club.
Doumit has hit .271 in seven seasons with the Pirates, including an OPS of .777. Nothing all-star worthy, but better than what we’ve got behind Joe now. Plus, Doumit (from what I have read) seems like a real “gamer” who will quickly buy into Gardy’s (hopefully) increased work on fundamentals and become a team leader. Plus, Ryan can play a little outfield and first base if needed.
Again, Terry Ryan rubs a little salve on the wounds in hopes of healing their roots.