Carlos Pena is very talkative on the field.
“I hope he’s saying the right things,” Mike Quade said of his first baseman.
Pena will often go to the mound to chat. Carlos Marmol appreciates it.
“It’s a good thing,” Marmol said. “He’ll come out and say, ‘C’mon, you’re the best.’ It’s a good thing, especially for me. I can be wild a little bit. It helps me to calm down.
“‘We believe in your stuff’ — that’s what he tells me,” Marmol said.
If pitching coach Mark Riggins sees something mechanically, he’ll go the mound. Isn’t that the catcher’s job to talk to the pitcher?
“Not always,” Quade said. “Don’t you get tired of listening to me? So, the pitcher could get tired of listening to the catcher. If the catcher goes out there, it’s probably a longer conversation.”
— Carrie Muskat