:: Catching up with | Paul Hoover, C (Miami Herald) ::

Catching up with | Paul Hoover, C (Miami Herald): Paul Hoover was standing in the on-deck circle while with Triple A Albuquerque (N.M.) last season when the opposing pitcher received a visit to the mound from his coach to talk strategy.

Hoover understood every word just by reading their lips.

‘The pitcher wasn’t covering his mouth, and I saw one of them say, `Let’s go with a fastball inside,’ ” Hoover said. So I went up to the plate knowing I was going to get a fastball, and I ended up getting a base hit.”

Both of Hoover’s parents are deaf, and he has been doing sign language since I started talking. I don’t know any different.”

Hoover is an expert lip reader as well.

”I’m always looking, trying to pick up something, whether it’s between innings, the pitcher is talking to the catcher or talking to their pitching coach,” Hoover said.

But Hoover doesn’t want the whole baseball world in on his little secret because, as Hoover knows better than most, loose lips sink ships.

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