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PEORIA http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authe...rie-jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Omar Narvaez is expected to do plenty with the bat as the Seattle Mariners new catcher. he’s doing some important work with a 5 iron, too.Narvaez has come into camp committed to establishing a rapport with Seattle’s young pitching staff, and he’s putting in overtime on that effort. The 27-year-old isn’t just talking shop around the clubhouse and the dugout — he’s also played golf with several of the team’s pitchers already, and he’s using the time learn about his battery mates.“The more you know the guys, the more it’s going to help me to call the game better,” Narvaez said. “I like (golf), so that way, it makes it easy for me to meet everybody.”Narvaez is expected to start the majority of Seattle’s games after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox for reliever Alex Colome in November. David Frietas is the top reserve catching candidate.Narvaez, a left-handed hitter Tony Phillips Jersey , was quietly one of baseball’s best offensive catchers last season, hitting .275 with nine homers and a .794 OPS over 97 games.“He’s very comfortable with the bat in his hand,” manager Scott Servais said.To start spring training, Narvaez has put an emphasis on the other side of the ball, working on his defense and building relationships with the staff. He studied video of his new pitchers before even arriving for camp.“That pitcher-catcher relationship is huge,” Servais said. “It’s the core of your team. You are driven by the guy on the mound. … It’s the mental connection and understanding how to get the most out of the that guy on the mound. On a particular day, what is his best stuff? Taking all the information, the scouting reports, and being able to somehow put it in play during the course of the game.”Narvaez also is concentrating on developing his pitch framing skills. He ranked near the bottom of the AL in getting borderline pitches called for strikes in each of the last two seasons, according to the metrics used by StatCorner.“A lot of drills http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authe...iss-jersey ,” said Narvaez, who counts Yadier Molina as a role model. “A lot of stretching. That is a big part of framing, being able to feel comfortable when I am catching. I think all the work I’ve been putting in is going to show up. My main goal this year is to make more pitches strikes and help my pitchers even more.”Like many teams, the Mariners have made pitch framing a top priority.“The value of stealing a 3-2 pitch is huge in our game,” Servais said. “On the fifty-fifty pitch that may be a ball or a strike, if the catchers are adept in turning that ball into a strike, it changes the course of a game. Pitchers certainly see the value of it. We do, too. It is something we will spend a lot of time on this spring.” NEW YORK (AP) — As the 100th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s birth approached, Sharon Robinson is sure her father would have a lot to say about the current political climate in the United States if he were still alive.“I know he would be outraged,” she said.Jackie Robinson Marcus Semien Jersey , who died at age 53 in 1972, would have turned 100 on Thursday. He broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, and the centennial of his birth marks the opening of an exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York titled “In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend.”It features memorabilia and 32 photographs originally shot for Look magazine, plus footage of Robinson hitting grounders to his son in the backyard of the family house in Stamford, Connecticut. Many of the photos shot by Frank Bauman and Kenneth Eide from 1949 and 1953 had not been on public view previously.Rachel Robinson, the ballplayer’s wife, planned to attend the opening, still a force at age 96. The celebration and baseball’s annual Jackie Robinson Day on April 15 will focus attention on the Jackie Robinson Museum in the SoHo section of Manhattan, scheduled to open in December.Della Britton Baeza http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authe...gan-jersey , CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, said $28 million has been raised toward a $42 million goal — matching Robinson’s uniform number, which was retired throughout the major leagues in 1997. The money raised covers construction costs, and an additional $4 million is needed for marketing and staff. The overall goal includes $10 million for an endowment, she said.“In this day and age in this climate of our country, we really are going to take on this issue of discussing race relations,” Britton Baeza said. “What better place than a place that pays tribute to one of the great integrationists of the last century? So we’re going to roll up our sleeves. We will do it from a position of goodwill and from a position of starting with the facts, if you will, but we’re going to take these things on and talk about activism in sports.”The exhibit, which runs until Sept. 15 Reggie Jackson Jersey , is a partnership between the Museum of the City of New York and the foundation, and some of the memorabilia will wind up at the Jackie Robinson Museum.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has been a major backer of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the museum, and he will be honored at the foundation’s annual awards dinner on March 4 along with businessman Maverick Carter and musician Kristopher Bowers.“The centennial of his birth is an opportunity for MLB to recognize the historical significance of Jackie Robinson and to continue to teach younger people the impact he had on baseball and society,” Manfred said.Sharon Robinson, MLB’s education programming consultant, said today’s players need to have greater knowledge of the foundation’s efforts.“There was a shift in their awareness with the movie ’42,'” she said of the 2013 film that starred Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey. “A number of players came up to me or coaches and said, ‘I thought I knew the story but now I get it.’ There’s no time better than now because this country needs healing, needs to continue to move forward in terms of not just dealing with racism but sexism and the whole gamut of isms. So there’s no better time to look back into history and see how much has changed but how much work still needs to be done.”
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