Yes indeed, that’s utility infielder Jack Hannahan catching a bullpen session thrown by Doug Fister moments ago. The bullpen sessions are going on because the pitcher and catcher areas are covered. Only the part where the ball travels is under open skies and it’s absolutely pouring out.
Mariners catching co-ordinator Roger Hansen says he’s been using a pitching machine to work with Hannahan so far. He’s gradually going to move him off the machine and on to live arms — as he did today — and things like blocking balls in the dirt.
Hannahan was a high school catcher and has caught bullpens before at the pro level. He’s still got some work to do but looked OK out there today. Fister wasn’t exactly blistering in 95 mph fastballs, but you’ve got to start somewhere.
The M’s are looking to use both Hannahan and Ryan Garko as emergency catchers.
Felix Hernandez was also out there throwing in the rather cool weather.
An update on pitcher Yusmeiro Petit — he’s still in Venezuela on a personal matter and might not be in until the end of next week. Jesus Colome was the one having visa problems in the Dominican Republic (I think we mixed their situations up on a video a few days ago) but he’s now here.
Many of you keep asking why we repost the Geoff Baker Live! videos throughout the day. The simple answer is: we are trying to reach as big an audience as possible. It’s the one reason we’ve moved the start time back to the evenings, since many of you said you could not watch it live at work.
For those of you who want to watch it at work, you now have the replay avaialable and don’t have to go searching for it on back posts. We’re trying to satisfy everybody. For those of you who don’t want to watch the replay, you don’t have to click on it. I know it keeps going on automatically, which is, unfortunately, one of the quirks of the recorded version we are allowed to use. All I can say is, try to have your speakers turned down a bit when you click on the post. The good news, as someone pointed out in a previous comment thread, is that there is an iPhone application for the show, so you can now watch it wherever you want. We are one of the more successful Ustream shows and they gave us the app. Just go to the Ustream site (you can access it by double-clicking the video screen) and you will find the link to the app.