(1090 The Fan) — Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has one of the toughest gigs in sports. He has to don the tools of ignorance and crouch behind the plate trying to catch and block 130 pitches per night, 120-plus time per season, which means a lot of preparation. But he also has to put on the batting helmet, step into the batter’s box and try to produce as a hitter. Zunino spends a lot of time preparing for that, too, the former first-round pick told The Steve Sandmeyer Show Tuesday.
“Watching film is a big part of what we do,” Zunino said before the club’s home opener. “It’s just trying to stay one step ahead. It’s a constant game of studying.” Zunino also commented on what it means to have Robinson Cano in the lineup, how he and the pitching staff are approaching things early in the season and what it’s been like since the start of spring training leading up to the season’s first homestand.
Perhaops most interesting is what Zunino is doing different in terms of his swing-and-setup mechanics. “I’m trying to keep my chest up a little bit longer so I’m not chasing with my eyes so I can get my hands back to a hitting position, and sort of get them away from my body so I can trust my hands.”
Catch the entire interview with Zunino: