But the mental part of the game for Cuddyer trumps any physical feats. He delights in discussing the plays that didn't work out -- a sneaky attempt to throw to first from the outfield and rob Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada of a second-inning single that drove in a run, and a sixth-inning throwing error when he nearly caught Jean Segura after making too wide a turn after a single.
"I like everything about every position," Cuddyer said. "Baseball is so much more than just run, catch and throw. Last night, a guy gets a little too far off and we try to back-pick him. If it doesn't hit his helmet, he's out. I like strategy like that. Pitcher gets a hit to right. We're probably not going to throw [Carlos] Gomez out at home, so we try to throw out the pitcher at first base. I like strategy like that, thinking along with the game."
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