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June / July 2018

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34 // JUNE/JULY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM hether it's the perspective from their position behind the plate or their ability to multi-task on the field, conventional baseball wisdom says that catchers make good managers. A look up and down the organi- zational charts of any Major League franchise shows a number of former catchers who have made the transition from back- stops to bench bosses. What is it about the position that makes a catcher better suited to serve as a skipper than many of their teammates? "I g et that question a lot," said St. Louis Cardinals skipper and hockey dad Mike Matheny. "It's just part of the job description for a catcher, where you have to understand what's going on with the pitching, what's going on with certain defenses, what's going on with the status of the team and understanding the game situation, not just my space right here." It's more than just the "tools of ignorance" – a term long used to describe a catcher's protective Battle Tested By The Position, Former Goaltenders Find Their Calling Behind The Bench By Harry Thompson FROM CREASE TO

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