Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Whittle 'em Down

…And then there were two. Two days after a harrowing experience catching Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball in a game against Minnesota, John Flaherty announced his retirement from baseball. Flaherty didn’t give a specific reason for retiring after a 14-year career, but I think it’s safe to assume that the idea of learning how to catch a knuckleball while competing with two other, younger catchers for a roster spot wasn’t as appealing as it might have been earlier in his career. Journeyman Ken Huckaby and youngerster Josh Bard are still in contention for Mirabelli's old spot; Robin and I both assume Bard will get the job because he's a lot younger and the Sox picked up him in a trade, while the 35-year-old Huckaby is in Ft. Myers as a non-roster invitee.