Josh Thole plans to get defensive

“I don’t want to be what’s called a defensive liability,” Josh Thole said before the Mets’ 1-0 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. “You lead the league in passed balls, and I’m sure that is raising questions. I don’t want those questions anymore. I don’t want to hear the negativity that I can’t catch in the big leagues.”

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“Last year I spent way too much time in the gym,” Thole said. “At this point in my career it’s not all about coming into camp all shredded and jacked up, strong, it’s about being ready to play baseball the right way.

“I’ve always caught bullpen [sessions] in the offseason starting in January, but it’s not about the repetition of catching the ball. It’s beneficial for me to block balls. That is stuff I can do on my own, but it’s something I really have to take focus on more than my weight training this year.”

Source: New York Post

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