Veteran lefty Randy Choate prepares for 'LOOGY' role

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by Brian Feldman / BaseballStL | @BFeldman

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Posted on February 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 8:20 PM

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(BaseballStL) — In life, it probably wouldn't be the biggest compliment to be called a “loogy.” In baseball, it can be awfully profitable.

A LOOGY is a "lefty one out guy". And that's precisely the role that Randy Choate has with the Cardinals. His job is to come in oftentimes to face one batter. And whether he gets that one batter out determines whether he had a good day or a bad day.

You'd think that's a difficult role to prepare for. But after more than a decade pitching in Major League baseball, Choate is used to it.

"Hopefully you get a little smarter about it," Choate quipped. "It's really about going out there and making sure you have enough pitches in your arm to have the control that you want."

So how does someone such as Choate prepare for spring training?

"For me I want to be tired a little bit so I can get ready to warm up four or five times a week," Choate said. "It's a long process during spring training.  I'm not trying to be ready right out of the (gate). Just have to remember it's a marathon and not a sprint."

The veteran lefty said his goal each year is to pitch in 80 games and hold left-handed batters to an average between .150 and .175.

Last season, they hit .176 against him. 

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