Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg has a pretty good read on Team Canada's catching duo for the World Baseball Classic. (REUTERS/FILES)
No one knows the Team Canada catching duo as well as Ryne Sandberg.
The Hall of Fame second baseman managed Chris Robinson at triple-A Iowa in 2010 in the Chicago Cubs system.
And he managed John Suomi at triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2011-12, the Philadelphia Phillies top affiliate.
With Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin deciding not to play — if he could not play shortstop — Robinson of Dorchester, Ont., will start and Etobicoke’s Suomi is his backup for the third World Baseball Classic next week.
“Both have their pluses and minuses,” said Sandberg after an infield session hitting ground balls to a group of infielders which included Michael Young and Peter Orr at Bright House Field Thursday morn.