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Joshua Michael Thole

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Josh Thole was drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Quincy Boyd and began his pro career that summer.

Thole became the Mets' starting catcher in 2011, playing 114 games, during which he hit .268 with 17 doubles, 3 homers and 40 RBI.

He was involved in an embarrassing baserunning gaffe on April 13, 2012, with the Mets facing the Philadelphia Phillies. He reached second base on a sacrifice bunt by R.A. Dickey in the 2nd inning, then unexpectedly began returning to first base at a leisurely pace. He realized his mistake halfway there, began to sprint to the bag, but was tagged out sliding headfirst, the unlikely play going from pitcher Cliff Lee to SS Jimmy Rollins to 1B Jim Thome. "I don't know what I was thinking," he later explained. He was again the Mets' most-used catcher that season, playing 104 games with a .234 average, 1 homer and 21 RBI. After the season, on December 17th, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Dickey and his back-up behind the plate, Mike Nickeas, in return for Cs John Buck and Travis d'Arnaud and Ps Wuilmer Becerra and Noah Syndergaard.

With Toronto, when active, he has served as the personal catcher for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

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