"Catchers are involved in every play. They get a good sense of what's going on," Ventura said. "You're weak if you're not strong up the middle and it starts behind the plate and goes all the way out to shortstop, second base, center field. I don't know a lot of teams that are good that don't have a good catcher."
Pierzynski has set a career high and leads all big league catchers with 21 homers.