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Giants catcher Tyler Heineman has embraced his underdog role. He went from being a walk-on at UCLA to starting catcher in the Major Leagues after Buster Posey opted out of the season. Heineman tells the Inside China Basin podcast about playing during the pandemic and his goals as a player. He also addresses the three catcher’s interference calls that have gone against him.
Heineman on his journey to the Major Leagues: “You’re in control your own destiny if you really feel like you deserve it and you’re willing to put in the work. There’s going to be ups and downs. There’s a down for me right now, I’m not hitting the ball very hard. Instead of focusing on what I haven’t done in the past 20-something at bats, it’s what can I do starting from today on.”
On the three catcher’s interference calls that have gone against him: “It’s me being aware of who’s hitting and being aware of my stance and my distance from the beginning and knowing that I am going to be able to get to the pitch at the bottom of the zone and still frame it for a strike without being super turned and close to the hitter.”
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