Mathis to mentor Rangers pitchers, catchers

By | Jeff Mathis

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rangers catchers Jose Trevino and Isiah Kiner-Falefa already have a nickname for Jeff Mathis.

The Wizard.

“I think me and Izzy were picking his brain the first day we were out there, already,” Trevino said. “He probably didn’t know our names yet, and we were like ‘Hey, why are you doing this? Why are you doing that?'”

Catching school is now open in Rangers camp with Mathis as the head instructor. Mathis is a 14-year veteran with an outstanding reputation for defense and working with pitchers. The Rangers signed him to a two-year deal to be their No. 1 catcher, but also to mentor Kiner-Falefa, Trevino and other young catchers in the organization.

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A World Series Embrace Was Only One Stop on a Shared Journey

By | Brian McCann, Charlie Morton

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As Brian McCann squatted behind home plate in November at Dodger Stadium, waiting for Corey Seager to get set in the batter’s box, he looked out at pitcher Charlie Morton and had a moment.

They were about to clinch the Houston Astros’ first World Series title, but McCann was not thinking about the here and now. He was thinking back some 16 years earlier, when he and Morton met for the first time — as sinewy, fresh-faced teenagers who had traveled across the country to play in a showcase tournament.

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Head of the Class: Chipper elected to Hall

By | Chipper Jones

Braves legend tallies 10th-highest percentage in balloting history

ATLANTA — Though he was certain he was going to receive the hallowed call, Chipper Jones tossed and turned as he experienced a restless night and attempted to calm the excitement he felt when he received confirmation he now has the distinction of being a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

“I knew today was going to be a day that could possibly change my life forever,” Jones said. “You have a handful of instances where something happens that will change your life, with marriages and kids. But professionally, being drafted No. 1 overall in 1990 changed my life forever. Today was another instance where my life will never be the same.”

 

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