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Journeyman minor-league catcher gets his chance with Jays: Griffin

August 10th, 2017 at 7:56 PM
By Sports Media 101

That being said, Lopez has much in common with Costner’s iconic character from that beloved baseball movie, the veteran minor-league catcher Crash Davis.

In seven professional seasons, the Florida native, Lopez has been with four organizations. Add in one season of Independent ball, he has been suiting up for teams in 14 different cities with just an accumulated 80 days of major-league service.

“I came in the (Jays) spring and I was the seventh catcher, no big- league invite,” Lopez recalled prior to the series finale with the Yankees. “They told me, ‘We’ve seen you play before. We like you. We’re going to give you an opportunity to make a Double-A or Triple-A team.’ I realized it would be a tough decision for them to make room for me, so I just went about it like I had already made a team, in terms of my preparation and just having fun during spring training.”

Lopez on Wednesday impressed manager John Gibbons in his first start behind the plate despite being held hitless in two at-bats in a loss to the Yankees. He drew a walk and reached on catcher’s interference and defended well.

“I thought he did a nice job,” Gibbons said. “He blocked his butt off. He’s got a nice quick release. He’s got a good arm. I thought he took some good swings. He turns it loose. He just missed that one in the upper tank (foul). I liked everything I saw. We had good reports on him from guys down there. They really liked what he was doing …

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