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In terms of catchers, this is Travis d'Arnaud's camp. In contrast to last year, d'Arnaud was the new guy, like a little puppy dog following around John Buck, studying his every move, in Buck's pocket, learning and asking questions. This year, he's the man. It's obvious who is the boss, when watching him, Kevin Plawecki, Juan Centeno, Anthony Recker and Taylor Teagarden. This is not to say he's a seasoned veteran spewing wisdom to his peers. It's just that, quite clearly, it's his job to lose, he's the touted prospect and the guy engulfed in expectations.

I don't know if this factored in to the team's thinking when not acquiring another veteran catcher, like Buck, to be in camp. But, if it was, I'm eager to see how it plays out, since d'Arnaud may now have more room to spread his wings and fly...

Naturally, the moment his drills were done for the day, d'Arnaud jogged off to the fence behind him to sign autographs for fans he walked by earlier...

Tags: matthewcerrone, avsny, MetsBlog , Matthew Cerrone
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