So far this season John Buck has caught every game. Which isn't a big deal, there was an off-day on Monday and the season is fresh and anew. But as of right now, the Marlins haven't set up a consistent schedule to give him some days off. Something they are going to have to come up with.
Catcher John Buck says he’ll start all 162 games if manager Edwin Rodriguez lets him. That won’t happen, but Buck will catch most of the games this year.
... he will start Thursday when Josh Johnson pitches. He’ll sit Friday night, when Brett Hayes gets the start behind the dish in Houston.
Edwin also said that Hayes will start one of the games in Atlanta,...
Most starting major league catchers start around 130-140 games for the season. If catchers aren't given some time off during the season they start to wear down in a hurry. It is a tough position. Teams usually handle this by letting the backup catcher start the Sunday game which is typically a day game. That way the starting catcher doesn't have to start a day game after catching the night before. Some teams assign the backup as the personal catcher for one the starters.
No matter the method, sooner or later the Marlins are going to have to come up with a system that gives Buck consistent days off. And they will.
I'm sure Buck wishes they would wait until three times through the rotation to give him a day off, but fortunately that isn't going to happen. It turns out that Buck is a pitcher's catcher.
Marlins catcher John Buck is not too worried right now about how he is swinging the bat,
...Buck's attention is more focused on knowing when Josh Johnson prefers to throw his slider, or just how much Chris Volstad's two-seamer sinks, or when to calm emotional closer Leo Nunez.
Buck's work is just beginning. He believes he has a good grasp on the staff but says it will take time before he learns everything he needs to know to call the game instinctively.
And he's still learning personalities. March is a good springboard, but it's still spring training. Pitchers react differently when winning - not working on their game - is paramount.
"I know all their stuff, but I can't honestly say that 'I know,'" Buck said. "If you say you know going into the season, you're just giving lip service to people."
That, Buck says, will take three or four outings.
There are catchers who focus on their hitting. They locker with the position players attend the hitter's meetings and then they catch. On the flip side there are catchers who are a part of the pitching staff. They locker with the pitchers, go to the pitcher's meetings and when it comes time, bat.
It appears Buck is the latter. Which is good. When a catcher knows the staff inside out and has their trust and confidence, he has the ability to make the pitchers better. Kinda like have a pitching coach (a good one) on the field at all times. And if he gets some hits - gravy. But the nice thing about Buck, is that he is pitcher's catcher who isn't a hole in the batting order. Now, it's Edwin's job to make sure he gets the needed rest to get through the season.