News of the Giants using infielder Pedro Feliz at catcher last week got the old brain waves to finally stir. Who would be the Angels third catcher in case of emergency? Manager Mike Scioscia has been asked that question more than a few times in the past few years and has failed to answer it directly. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it is basically Scioscia’s response. It should come as no surprise that Robb Quinlan is open to donning the gear and playing catcher for a short stretch if necessary.
“I caught in high school a little bit, middle school, junior high school,” said Quinlan, a native of Minnesota. “I’ve been out there a few times to warm up a pitcher when the catcher is putting his stuff on. I’m fine with it. Hopefully it doesn’t come to it.”
Note that current Angels catcher Mike Napoli was listening to Quinlan’s takes on being a catcher. So whose equipment would Quinlan borrow to get behind the plate?
“Probably Napoli’s stuff,” Quinlan said. “It will be a little big on me in the gut area but other than that …”
No way Quinlan was getting away with that one.
“You have a bigger gut on you than I do guy,” Napoli fired back.
Quinlan relented and gave his teammate a little credit.
“Obviously it’s the toughest position in the game to play so it won’t be easy,” Quinlan said.