A relationship that's extremely important

How a pitcher and a catcher relate can ultimately determine success or failure

Originally Published: January 6, 2011
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

It has been three weeks since Cliff Lee made a stunning left turn and signed with the Philadelphia Phillies instead of the New York Yankees or Texas Rangers. The reasons were many, a new one of which was volunteered by ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine: Maybe the pitcher signed because of the catcher.

Maybe Lee signed with the Phillies in part because their catcher is Carlos Ruiz, a terrific defender, thrower and caller of a game who is signed through 2013. Maybe Lee signed with ...

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