Commentary

Getting personal

Some pitchers want their own catcher. Does it make a difference?

Originally Published: March 14, 2010
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine
Getty ImagesJorge Posada (left) and A.J. Burnett are trying to work through their differences.

This story appears in the May 3 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Last October, manager Joe Girardi caused a stir when he had Jose Molina (and not starter Jorge Posada) catch A.J. Burnett in Game 2 of the World Series. But who could blame Girardi? On the season, Burnett had a 3.28 ERA with Molina behind the plate, and a 4.96 ERA with Posada.So the question is: Are personal catchers a good idea?