There's no doubt that interviewing a professional baseball player is hit or miss.
Some of them want nothing to do with you. They would rather have their wisdom teeth extracted on the spot instead of spending a few minutes explaining the game to you.
Thankfully, Brent Mayne is not one of those guys. Most of you know Mayne as a big league catcher for 15 seasons with the Royals, Giants, Mets, Rockies, and others. Mayne has spent his post-baseball life focusing on baseball by creating a website devoted to catching (www.brentmayne.com) and writing a book solely about the ins-and-outs of catching entitled The Art of Catching.
After listening through the interview I conducted with him again last night, I became giddy. Mayne's wealth of knowledge and detailed explanation into the art of catching and the baseball world would have any baseball fan mesmerized.
So in short, enjoy the interview. In the past I have done my best to transcribe the full interview, but that task became far too exhaustive this time given the detailed conversation and responses. So instead, I have transcribed part of the interview and I will put up the FULL audio of the interview with Brent Mayne tonight.
Jorge Says No! Interview With Brent Mayne
Jorge Says No!: You currently have out both a book and website devoted to all things catching. What do yo want baseball fans to learn and understand about the position?
Brent Mayne: I just want people to learn the right way. In my experience, from the earliest years until now when I'm retired (over 25 years of catching), I just never found that there was anybody who knew a whole lot about the position. We're talking about a game—baseball—that's pretty well-dissected from every angle. If you want information about pitching, infield play, or hitting, it's a trip to the library or a couple of clicks on the computer and you get that information or quality people.
But catching, which I think next to the pitcher is the most defensive position on the field, just seems to slip through the cracks and most of the time it's not taught at all and if it is taught, it's taught incorrectly. It's become a matter of picking the biggest kid and slapping some gear on him and putting a bat in his hand.
It's my experience that even at the highest level, there really wasn't a whole lot of instruction. So in writing the book my main priority was just to kind of help out the baseball community with a good piece of information about the position. How to do it safely and correctly while bringing the position into a modern day game.
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