"Another stinker behind the plate by Schneider: 0-for-3, a .143 BA after the game, and four stolen bases given up. You can put a fork in this guy - he's done. And considering the potentially serious problem with Ruiz's throwing shoulder, the Phillies were lucky to get Paul Hoover through waivers so that they could outright him, considering all the current catching injuries around the league, particularly in Washington and Milwaukee. In his two weeks up from LV, Hoover played circles around Schneider's performance thus far: hitting, throwing and working with the pitchers, his only blemish being that freak play on Sunday where "Wickets the glove man" Dobbs (speaking of guys who are done) failed to move to his left to take Hoover's throw in the run-down between home and third." - davthom73
Beerleaguer: Anyone who's followed this site for a number of years knows that if davthom73 appears in the comments thread, catching is in the eye of the storm. Davthom73 has long championed the Chris Coste cause and we haven't seen him around these parts in since early 2009. Coste, by the way, is out for the season with Tommy John surgery after signing a late-spring deal with the Nationals. Hidden agendas aside, davthom73's point is a valid one, even if he's taking a not-so-subtle dig at catcher who secured two years of guaranteed money from the Phils.
Let's face it: Schneider hasn't done squat and has already spent time on the DL. Mets fans know this all too well. Dan Kehl, who follows the IronPigs religiously and writes about them on his blog, said Schneider even looked out of gas during his stay in the Lehigh Valley. He was 0 for 8 and didn't hit the ball hard anywhere, Kehl wrote.We now understand why Charlie Manuel was hush-hush about Chooch's injury, which has been revealed as lingering shoulder problems that affect his throwing. Before last night's game, Phillies catchers were throwing out 23 percent of base-stealers, the fifth-worst mark in the league. It'll get worse before it gets better.