Put a microphone on Tony Wolters and let’s see what happens. I believe it would be baseball gold.
Whether it’s Wolters interacting with the batter or having a discussion with the umpire about a call, the Rockies catcher would no doubt have some interesting things to say. Wolters would also have plenty of nuggets of knowledge to share with the pitcher on a mound visit (will we still have those when baseball returns with social distancing?) that viewers would love to hear.
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By the way, it would be great if both the catcher AND the umpire would be mic’d up during every game. It would create must-see TV every game that fans simply can’t be a part of right now. Hearing an umpire’s reasoning on a call or rule challenge would be very interesting indeed.
But back to Wolters, hearing some of the catcher’s strategies as the game goes along and how it might change depending on the pitcher, the count, and the score would be insight that any fan would find interesting. Wolters is also a great student of the game so getting insight into his mindset would be great.
Would pitchers and catchers be worried about some of their game secrets coming out during the broadcast? Possibly. However, if there’s a way to make sure Rockies fans can learn while keeping some of the strategy out of the ears of the other team, we’re all for hearing what Wolters has to say from behind the plate as much as possible.