Denver Post: The Molecular Method

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The honeycomb returned to a white board in an office next to the Rockies’ clubhouse last week. Their manager calls it a molecular model. It is a map of every pitch they want to throw this season.

“We’re probably going to have another meeting about it tomorrow morning,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “It’s a catcher’s chart. It’s a model that we use to help catchers with game-calling.”

The ongoing education of Colorado’s young catching corps continued again this spring with a new veteran backstop and a demanding manager leading the way. The Rockies signed Chris Iannetta to a two-year, $8.5 million deal in early December because Tony Wolters and Tom Murphy are not quite ready to take over a full season of responsibility.

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