A couple of good ones this morning – one on 2007 BlueClaws catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and another on some of the former BlueClaws that have been traded in the last few seasons.
Turns out, everybody is rooting for Tuffy Gosewisch. Colin Curtis, a non-roster invitee in Yankees camp? Team Tuffy. Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young winner? Team Tuffy. And if you believe that a catcher’s value cannot be measured by batting lines and stolen base percentages, then you will end up on Team Tuffy, too.
“Honestly, I would take him any day of the week,” Halladay said. “I really would.”
You might know the name. Born James Benjamin Gosewisch, his parents decided on a more appropriate moniker during a toddler-hood in which he rained destruction upon everything he touched. For the past 5 years, he has been more Lenten resolution than catching prospect, appearing on the Phillies’ roster in February and lingering until sometime in March.
But there is a reason Gosewisch was behind the plate yesterday for Halladay’s Grapefruit League debut.
The other is this from Bob Brookover in the Inquirer (by the way – thanks for the plug, Travis):
“When we made that trade, there was a comment made that this one is going to be the one that is the most painful,” assistant general manager Benny Looper said Sunday. “He’s at a premium spot, because catching is hard to find and we liked him.”
“That was my second [championship],” d’Arnaud said. “I also won one at Lakewood [the Phillies’ South Atlantic League affiliate]. It was kind of weird because both of them, Anthony Gose and I were on the same team. Maybe we’re both winners, who knows?”
Gose described d’Arnaud as the “best catcher in the minor leagues,” and Looper and the Phillies probably wouldn’t argue with him.
I recommend you read both of the articles.