The biggest thing a new catcher has to deal with is learning the pitching staff. Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News has that story:
“It’s really seeing how they act when they’re in game mode,” Martin said. “Some guys have different body language, you can recognize that. Some guys get mad at themselves and try and refocus. Everybody is different out there. You just have to get to know the personality. Some guys you’re going to pat on the back, some guys you’re going to try to light a fire under their butt.”
“In spring training, you’re trying to learn their stuff, what their go-to pitch is, what gets them back on track when they’re struggling, how they react in certain situations,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “In spring training, you don’t get a lot of those situations. It can take a little time.
“Russell’s not a rookie catcher, so I think he’ll pick it up fairly quickly,” Girardi added. “… You’re usually learning to break in two or three guys every year. This year, he’s going to have to break in a few more.”
“Every day I learn something,” Martin said. “It’s going to take a little while, but spring training is enough time to get ready for them. Some guys do it during the year and they have to learn on the job; right now is the perfect time to get to know the guys.”
Martin has a lot of work ahead of him. He’s expected to be the starting catcher who handles all of these guys. Francisco Cervelli has pretty good knowledge of most of these guys and Jesus Montero and Austin Romine at least know some of the younger pitchers. Of course, Martin has the advantage of experience as he’s been in the league for a number of years now.