PORT CHARLOTTE — In December, the Tampa Bay Rays acquired Ryan Hanigan in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. By January, the 33-year-old catcher was already poring over film of the team’s pitching staff, trying to learn everything he could about the arms he would soon be catching.
It wasn’t a task Rays manager Joe Maddon asked Hanigan to do; the backstop requested the footage on his own. He watched game film, analyzed pitching breakdowns, read up on organizational philosophies and even began studying some of the American League East hitters Tampa Bay would be pitching against.
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