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Doumit or Bust!!!

The catcher, baseball's unsung heroes perhaps. The position itself is physically and mentally demanding. The constant squatting wears down the knees and back, the catching hand is pelleted with fastballs between 90 and over a hundred miles per hour. And when there is a play at the plate he takes the brunt of a violent collision. While his body is taking this abuse he is to guide the pitcher through the game and watch out for some of the fastest men alive stealing bases. That is just in defense. The general rule when picking a catcher is he has too be good defensively and if he can hit that's a bonus. It's rare to find a backstop that can do both, but the Pirates may have found one in Ryan Doumit.
Right from his MLB debut on June 6th 2005 Ryan Doumit had high hopes pinned on him. The Pirates have not had a good everyday catcher since Jason Kendell left for the West Coast. After that has been a steady line of has-beens like Benito Santiago or underachievers like Ronnie Paulino. But then the sky cleared and the clouds parted and the man for Moses Lake, WA appeared. Could this be the one we've been waiting for? It certainly seemed that way. In his Triple A debut he homered off the rehabbing Curt Schilling. That same year he was called up to the Pittsburgh and appeared in 136 games over the next two seasons, showing potential but never quite seeming to get a hold of a big league spot. Then in 2007 had a strong 83 game showing batting .274 and getting stronger behind the plate. His break finally came in 2008 when he eventually wrestled the starting job from Paulino and became the Bucs starting backstop. He finished the season batting .318 and hitting 15 home runs and 69 RBI's.
2009 will be the year Ryan Doumit proves he is for real or just like every other hope Pirates have, turns out to be just an mirage in the desert know as Pittsburgh Pirate Baseball.