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Buster Posey is a great player, but he hasn't even had a full season behind the plate on an MLB level yet. His shot at being as great as I-Rod is about the same as Jesus Montero, Wil Myers, Gary Sanchez, Wilin Rosario, Devin Mesoraco and the slew of other "great catching prospects" throughout baseball at this point.
There is a certain multiple time All Star (who won an extra inning game with a clutch hit last night) who should be mentioned in this discussion, as well.
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Iam not sure why threads are made about people who are no doubt Hall of Famers like Rodriguez. What position is there to say he is not?
Well, this thread started 5 seasons ago, when he had yet to accumulate the amount of counting stats that he has. It was more of a fair question 5 seasons ago for those who look at his counting numbers, even though I agree that he was an easy selection even back then.
The recent comments seem to focus on if he will get more support than Piazza and if any of the young catchers today could ever catch up to him. I don't see anyone questioning his election.
Last edited by willshad; 05-13-2011 at 10:01 PM.
In an interview, Pudge sort of confessed:
When asked — in an interview with the Associated Press — about whether his name appears alongside Alex Rodriguez and the other 100+ players who tested positive in the 2003 MLB steroid “survey” the only pitiful response Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez could muster was, “Only God Knows.”
He didn't say "of course not" and laugh off the question, he didn't cry "hell no" and grow angry at the insinuation; all he could divulge, all he could manage was a meekly uttered "Only God knows."
Read more: http://blogcritics.org/sports/articl...#ixzz1N30H32BX
Last edited by redban; 05-21-2011 at 08:18 PM.
But you are right about his patience. his lack of walks really hurt his value a lot. He just didn't walk enough, a .334 career OBP off a .297 average is just terrible.
Last edited by dominik; 05-22-2011 at 05:35 AM.
Now that he has retired, based on his final career record, how will the voting go for Pudge? Will he garner at least 90% of the vote in his first year on the ballot?
Pudge was one of my favorite players to watch. A guy on first better not sleep with Pudge behind the plate, mainly because I have never seen anybody catch like him before. I have watched Pudge pick a guy off of first more than once. And forget about stealing on this guy. I believe we watched the greatest defensive catcher ever. And the fact that his career CS%(50% better than the league avg for his career) is an unbreakable record. I hope the steroid rumors are false. If they are false, then Pudge is easily a first ballot HOFer. I believe he's the best all-around catcher since Bench.
First Campy was mired in the Negro Leauges- missed several years at the Big Time there....then the accident. What a rout.
He's so far ahead of everyone else that ever played in arm it's ridiculous....
Strictly speaking offense, I would put in Ted Simmons before IRod. The questions of him taking PED's locks it up for me.
Despite being linked to Canseco, Pudge has generally faced very little steroid scrutiny, and by the time he's eligible, there will probably already be steroid users enshrined in the HOF (possibly Bonds and Clemens). Then again, maybe he'll have to wait a few years, but I'm pretty sure he will get in.