No personal catcher for Verlander
Dane Sardinha has caught Justin Verlander’s last two starts, both of them gems, and gotten rave reviews both times. Still, don’t expect Sardinha to become Verlander’s personal catcher, starting every time he takes the mound.
It’s not meant as an offense. Leyland called him “a heckuva catcher.” It’s just that Leyland doesn’t do the personal catcher thing.
“I won’t do that,” Leyland said. “It’s been done. It’s been successfully done. There’s nothing wrong with it, in my opinion. But there’s nothing good that can come out of it sometimes. I know that there’s issues going on with that right now in baseball, and I don’t think it’s good.”