- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN Insider
A talent evaluator who works in baseball imagined the future testimony aimed at a team -- or all of Major League Baseball -- in a lawsuit filed by a catcher seriously injured while blocking home plate.
"'I was told in spring training by my catching instructor that this is something I need to do,'" the evaluator said, imitating the words that any catcher could say. "'I didn't block home one day and he called me a -----, and he said that blocking home plate is something that every catcher is expected to do.'"
The evaluator jumped into another role, imagining himself as the catcher's lawyer: "'What happened next?'"
Evaluator as catcher: "'I blocked home plate, as I was instructed to do, and now I can't walk.'"
This testimony could be especially effective, the evaluator noted, if it comes from someone sitting in a wheelchair, and if you think that can't happen, maybe you should watch this video of the hit that Harrisburg catcher Brian Jeroloman took in a Double-A playoff game the other night, when he was run over by Erie's Brandon Douglas.
11dJeff Banister, Special to ESPN.com
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16dA.J. Ellis, Special for ESPN.com