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  1. #121
    Quote Originally Posted by jjpm74 View Post
    This is an interesting blog post regarding I-Rod from 2009:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/1611

    As early as 2003, he was already creeping into all time milestones at catcher:

    http://members.tripod.com/bb_catcher...rs/ironmen.htm

    We won't see another catcher of I-Rod's stature for a long time if at all.
    There's a certain multi-time batting champ in Minnesota who might disagree if he could stay healthy enough. Buster Posey might, too.
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  2. #122
    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
    There's a certain multi-time batting champ in Minnesota who might disagree if he could stay healthy enough. Buster Posey might, too.
    I can't see Mauer staying a catcher for his entire career. His productivity as a hitter is far too valuable to his team. His bilateral leg weakness/viral infection is something that could plague him for the rest of his career and also seriously hinder his chances to stay behind the plate.

    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cold Nose View Post
    There's a certain multi-time batting champ in Minnesota who might disagree if he could stay healthy enough. Buster Posey might, too.
    I think he meant the longevity of Pudge, the likes of which we may not see for a long time. Obviously, there are many catchers who can match his level for a few seasons.

  5. #125
    Quote Originally Posted by willshad View Post
    I think he meant the longevity of Pudge, the likes of which we may not see for a long time. Obviously, there are many catchers who can match his level for a few seasons.
    I was referring to unparalleled longevity+an excellent offense peak+the highest defensive WAR of any catcher in the history of the game. There's a reason why no one except I-rod has had 2500+ games as a catcher in the history of the game. Even Bob Boone and Carlton Fisk couldn't manage that feat. The only catcher with his level of durability I can think of is Deacon McGuire who wasn't nearly as productive offensively as I-rod. I wouldn't rank I-rod the #1 catcher of all time, but there are very few I'd rank ahead of him.

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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?

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjpm74 View Post
    I was referring to unparalleled longevity+an excellent offense peak+the highest defensive WAR of any catcher in the history of the game. There's a reason why no one except I-rod has had 2500+ games as a catcher in the history of the game. Even Bob Boone and Carlton Fisk couldn't manage that feat. The only catcher with his level of durability I can think of is Deacon McGuire who wasn't nearly as productive offensively as I-rod. I wouldn't rank I-rod the #1 catcher of all time, but there are very few I'd rank ahead of him.
    Maybe it's me, but I've never been very impressed with Pudge offensively. Even in his prime he seemed to be a guy who hit for a good average, but with only fair power, and no plate discipline. The only time he seemed to be a really good hitter was in 2000, when he missed 70 games, and his rate stats would have likely gone way down if he hadn't gotten hurt. I don't know, maybe it's because he was usually on teams that had much better hitters, he didn't seem that great. Throw in the likely steroid use, and he seems like a league average hitter to me overall. Like I said, he is the Brooks Robinson of catchers...more defensive value than anyone, a certain hall of famer, but in no way top 5 all time at the position. Mauer has already had a superior peak.
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  9. #129
    Quote Originally Posted by Bravesfan1984 View Post
    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?
    Canseco named Pudge as a roid user; he said he injected Pudge during their Texas days.

    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









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  10. #130
    Quote Originally Posted by willshad View Post
    Maybe it's me, but I've never been very impressed with Pudge offensively. Even in his prime he seemed to be a guy who hit for a good average, but with only fair power, and no plate discipline. The only time he seemed to be a really good hitter was in 2000, when he missed 70 games, and his rate stats would have likely gone way down if he hadn't gotten hurt. I don't know, maybe it's because he was usually on teams that had much better hitters, he didn't seem that great. Throw in the likely steroid use, and he seems like a league average hitter to me overall. Like I said, he is the Brooks Robinson of catchers...more defensive value than anyone, a certain hall of famer, but in no way top 5 all time at the position. Mauer has already had a superior peak.
    His power is actually very good for a catcher. He is 4th among catchers all time in HRs (only behind piazza, fisk and bench). he will certainly end his career with more HRs than mauer.

    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.
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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowtipper View Post
    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?
    no. I'm not even sure if he makes it at all considering the steroid thing. if you just judge his performance of course he is a first ballot guy, probably top3 catcher.
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    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.

  14. #134
    Quote Originally Posted by pheasant View Post
    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.
    didn't he admit them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dominik View Post
    didn't he admit them?
    I believe Pudge's quote was taken out of context. He has denied taking steroids. He later said that "only God knows". I.e, he couldn't prove that he didn't take them, like anybody else. Also, he never showed up on the Mitchell report. I guess anything is possible. That's what stinks about this era. I have know idea who cheated and it's frustrating. Did Pudge actually cheat? It's definitely a possibility, despite never testing positive. For all I know, Pujols took steroids too. He's bigger than 90% of the players that got caught. He's a monster in size. I sure hope he didn't. Of all of the players I really enjoyed watching during the past 20 years, most cheated. This era is a disgrace. At least I have my Twins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pheasant View Post
    For all I know, Pujols took steroids too. He's bigger than 90% of the players that got caught. He's a monster in size. I sure hope he didn't. Of all of the players I really enjoyed watching during the past 20 years, most cheated. This era is a disgrace. At least I have my Twins.
    But he has only gained 25 pounds in 12 seasons. Not a big deal. Not that size can really tell you about PEDs anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheasant View Post
    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.
    Almost certainly the best there ever was defensively:

    http://bb_catchers.tripod.com/catchers/8cfldcspct.htm

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    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....

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    Strictly speaking offense, I would put in Ted Simmons before IRod. The questions of him taking PED's locks it up for me.

  20. #140
    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.

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