Quote & Video: Josh Thole on throwing out runners

Last season, Josh Thole gunned down 44% of runners trying to steal against him.

Last night on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, he was asked about this and said:

“Trust. I just trusted myself. I felt like I knew I could do it, and that’s what I needed. Obviously, I needed to refine my tools, but I also needed to know I was going to come in and catch well, not, ‘I hope I block this ball, I hope I throw him out.’ I told myself, I’m gonna throw this guy out. So, my mindset kind of changed more than anything.”

To see a portion of Josh’s interview, watch this:

There is no question he made big strides in his footwork throughout last season. Josh still has a way to go, and I’m sure he’d agree. However, I’m really excited to see how he keeps developing. He’s quickly becoming my favorite player on the team.

Last month at Citi Field, Terry Collins said he would like to get both Thole and Ronny Paulino time behind the plate, because, “If we keep Josh rested, and get Paulino in there, we’re gonna hit, because I think they can produce some runs for us.”




28 comments
bob
bob

If Rex is there next year I can see Calvin on the field still. I think Calvin has a few more years left contributing in someway for the Jets.

MoSacks MoSnacks
MoSacks MoSnacks

Prediction: Jets win 21-17. Either I end up looking like a genius or I begin a time of bad predictions.

j3tsfan29
j3tsfan29

"The reunion of red Ryan and ed reed",awesome Bassett! I now picture Morgan Freeman's face on Rex Ryan's body. Almost a mixture of shawshenk redemption and the longest yard! Weeee

Bent
Bent

"Right tackle Austin Howard, who made it to the playoffs in his rookie year in Philadelphia and hasn’t been back since"


I love Austin, but I don't think he would consider sitting on the inactive list all year (71 of his 75 snaps were in week 17 as they rested their starters) and then being inactive in a first round playoff loss to constitute an experience of making the postseason.


Hopefully he gets there as a Jet.  Next year (with a contract extension) if this year can't happen.

Sal Aspromonte
Sal Aspromonte

It would not surprise me if the Jets end up beating Carolina and then lose to the Browns…I also wouldn't be that surprised if we won the last 3 games or lost the rest of our games.

djf1
djf1

how about not waiting until you're in a desperate situation for this sort of thing.  if they won one of those three games, they'd be in much better shape.

levi
levi

I dont see any way we win this game. Well, unless Geno plays "lights out". So, yeah I dont see any way we win. Were not gonna run on them so its up to the pass game and I dont like that idea.

Neil Herschkowitz
Neil Herschkowitz

Let's keep in mind that we beat the Saints, and the Patriots. Sometimes it's not just match ups, it's who needs the game more. If we start out strong this can be a very close game. A creative game plan on both sides of the ball, open up the play book for Geno, and play fearless.

Bent
Bent

@bob I've heard that Calvin thinks he has a few years left too.

kniff
kniff

@Bent What a vast improvement Austin is over Wayne Hunter omg!!

djf1
djf1

@Sal Aspromonte I'd honestly be surprised if we win all three.  j

just thinking realistically.


levi
levi

@Neil Herschkowitz We ran the ball well on those teams though, not gonna happen against Carolina.

a57se
a57se

@DarrolRayFanClub 

The Jets finished 8-8 in 1991 and lost in the wild card round then went 4-12 in 1992.  Was that good times to you?

Sal Aspromonte
Sal Aspromonte

@DarrolRayFanClub @Sal Aspromonte Hahahaha no.  You know how same old Jets both of those scenarios would be.  The Jets would win the first two games and look like they would make the playoffs and then break your heart by looking hapless and losing terribly in the third or probably the more realistic, the Jets looking hapless in the next two games and then look great in the final game and winning it which is nice but then knowing our luck, jump a ton of spots higher in the draft and end up missing out on someone.

Sal Aspromonte
Sal Aspromonte

@djf1 @Sal Aspromonte I don't think its likely that we will win all three but at the same time, I wouldn't be surprised if we did.  Maybe thats me being a homer but this team has done some weird things when all hope has seemingly been lost. 

Neil Herschkowitz
Neil Herschkowitz

Chris Ivory is running over people. I think the passing game if well executed can open up the running game. Like I said, a creative game plan.

Bent
Bent

@a57se @DarrolRayFanClub  Making the playoff in 1991 WAS great times ... they clinched IN MIAMI, knocking the Dolphins out in the process.  It also happened to be an exciting overtime win, where they blew a late lead and then Johnny Hector had like a 60-yard run to set up a late field goal, which Raul Allegre (who they'd only signed days before and had been scraping the paint off the crossbar on extra points and chip shots all day) implausibly nailed from 44 yards.  He then won it for them in OT.

That WAS good times.  They should've beaten the Oilers too ... got down inside the five yard line four or five times and kept coming up empty in a 17-10 loss.

a57se
a57se

@Neil Herschkowitz 

Please tell us what this creative game plan is so we can get it to MM right away!

I'm sure he's been scratching his head all week.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Keep the optimism bro! Anything can happen in the NFL and nobody can tell the future.

How many people said the jets had no chance vs the saints, falcons, Pats and even Tampa.