DH: How many signs does Ryan Hanigan use when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re on the mound?
BA: This is whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s amazing. I probably throw as many variations of pitches as anybody in the game, yet most of my catchers Ã¢â‚¬â€ definitely Hanigan Ã¢â‚¬â€ only put down a one or a two. If he puts a one down to the outer half to a right-handed hitter, I will throw a cutter Ã¢â‚¬â€ a hard one or soft one Ã¢â‚¬â€ I will sink the ball, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll throw it straight, or IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll throw a changeup. All four or five of those pitches heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll handle without knowing whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coming.
That makes it easier for us. They canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pick up our signs if theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re on second base and we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to fight through all these signs to show exactly whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coming. He doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to know. He just needs to know if there will be a large variance Ã¢â‚¬â€ he needs to know if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to be a breaking ball. If I throw a changeup, fastball, cutter or sink it, he can handle all the pitches in that realm. We only use two signs.