Replay: Denver Writer on Torrealba

As noted earlier, according to ESPN.com, citing the player’s agent, free-agent C Yorvit Torreabla will agree to a three-year contract with the Mets, which should be officially announced in the next day or so.

in case you missed it, from yesterday

i was able to talk with Troy E. Renck, who does an amazing job covering the Rockies for the Denver Post

Renck, on Torrealba’s overall game…

“He is a clutch hitter and pitchers like the way he received and called the game…During the season it became obvious that the pitching staff had an unbelievable comfort level with him…The team’s manager, Clint Hurdle, went out of his way on repeated occasions to talk about how he thought what a terrific job Torrealba was doing calling games…

“Torrealba’s main value is that he has passion, he has leadership qualities and he worked wonders with their pitchers.  He knew when to give them a pat on the back or a kick in the butt.”

Renck, on Torrealba’s ability to deal with media, since, in New York, the catcher is often asked to address reporters regarding that day’s starting pitcher…

“In the playoffs he loved the attention, he gravitated towards the spotlight.  He held court at his locker at several times…Now, how he’ll deal with 10 or 15 reporters, during like what the Mets went through last year, that I don’t know.  I mean, he can be a little moody, but, to me, it’s a by-product of his passion…He cares deeply about winning.  So, sometimes when he gets upset, it’s not to be a jerk, it’s because he is genuinely upset and he doesn’t want to say the wrong thing, because he cares so much about winning - and I think that’s what his teammates respond so much to.”

By the way, Renck and other writers from the Denver Post will soon release A Magical Season, a book about the 2007 Rockies, who put together one of the most amazing hot streaks in baseball history to reach their first World Series ever.

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