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Maddon Wanted Percival To Be A Catcher

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First of all thanks to Jay Bradley for pointing this out over at RaysBB. This information comes from a article from the Bradenton Herald.

The article explains how Percival was brought in as a catcher with a big arm, but he couldn't hit.

"I'll teach you how to hit," said Joe Maddon, a hitting coach in the California Angels' instructional league in 1990.

Maddon tried a bunch of different things to change Troy's swing, but nothing seemed to work.

"Turns out he was just a bad hitter," Maddon said.

Percival has now had 324 saves in the majors, and looks back on it now.

"Joe was wrong," Percival said.

I think we are all glad on the way this turned out.