The Giants blog On The Waterfront
has a nice piece about the myth of catchers and their magical powers here
. Everything he writes about Matheny on this post I completely agree with. I dread the thought of the daily ravings about how Matheny has, via some psychic power or magic juju, the ability to make pitchers better or call a game better. I'm sure Matheny is a good defensive catcher and he can call a game with the best of them, but the John Coffey
impersonations behind the plate hardly make up for his Neifi-esque failings as a major league hitter. Just remember that when Tim McCarver is gushing about the intangibles Matheny brings to the clubhouse while conveniently ignoring his .200 batting average.