OUTLOOK 09′– CATCHIN’ ON

A look at the catchers of the 2009 Boston Red Sox and their projected 2009 season outlooks.

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JASON VARITEK

He’s back. He’s cheap. He’s hitting under .200 for the spring. So things are pretty much on schedule for the guy with the mask and the little ‘C’. The five spring training home runs are a bright spot, but for a guy who had less than 20 percent of his fairly batted balls line drives last year he needs to offset low batting average with at least some power.

“Varitek calls a good game.” said Francone when asked about Tek’s hitting. When probed further about his hitting, Terry replied: “Yeah, well, pitchers like him because he calls a good game and he is good defensively.”

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GEORGE KOTTARAS

He made the team. George can catch the knuckle ball–at least he did in Florida this spring. I can’t think of anything to say about George Kottaras except welcome aboard George Kottaras, and catch the (expletive) ball.

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