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  • Current Top 10 Catchers

    I have decided to start a poll similar to the one in the history forum except use current players. This is to find the best players today at the variuos positions. I will do one for 1B, 2B, 3B, etc. To vote, simple list the top 10 catchers that are active in order from best (#1) to least (#10). The results will be tabulated after 2 weeks and will be announced on dec 23 @ 10 PM. The points will be alloted based on the player's ranking on each list (1st place gets 10, 2nd gets 9, 3rd gets 8, etc.)

    Ok, so ill start off:

    1. Jason Varitek
    2. Ivan Rodriguez
    3. Victor Martinez
    4. Ramon Hernandez
    5. Joe Mauer
    6. Jason Kendall
    7. Jorge Posada
    8. Paul LoDuca
    9. Michael Barrett
    10. Bengie Molina
    Yankees '09

    Arod, CC, AJ, DJ and Tex

  • #2
    1. Victor Martinez
    2. Jason Varitek
    3. Joe Mauer
    4. Jorge Posada
    5. Michael Barrett
    6. Ramon Hernandez
    7. Bengie Molina
    8. Javy Lopez
    9. Mike Piazza
    10. Mike Lieberthal

    I know people are going to ask why i didn't include Pudge, so here is my reason. He had a .290 OBP last year. I don't care how good your defense is, that is just unnaceptable. And considering his weight loss, he is definitely under steroid suspicion.

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    • #3
      1.Victor Martinez-Good defense, and great offense. Best offensive catcher in the game.
      2.Jason Varitek-Him and Martinez are on a plateau of their own with offesne, but his defense isn't that great
      3.Joe Mauer-Young catcher with fabulous future ahead of him.
      4.Jorge Posada-Declining, but still very solid
      5.Brian Schneider-Good offense, just doesn't look good because of RFK. Also awesome defense and intangibles.
      6.Mike Matheny-Best defensive catcher in the game
      7.Michael Barrett-Like Varitek, but offense is a step lower
      8.Jason LaRue-Ditto of Barrett
      9.Bengie Molina-Would be top level offensive catcher if he was a bit more patient
      10.Mike Piazza-Will probably be a heavy hitting DH next year

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      • #4
        Come on, guys. My positional polls over at the History forum are thriving with lots of ballots submitted, and you can't even get more than three? I know you can do better than this. It's not a hard thing to do, pick the 10 best catchers in the game today.

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        • #5
          Top 10, not in order

          Victor Martinez
          Jorge Posada
          Jason Varitek
          Joe Mauer
          Paul Lo Duca
          Bengie Molina
          Ramon Hernandez
          Ivan Rodriguez
          A.J. Pierzynski
          Mike Matheny
          "Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support, not illumination."
          -Vin Scully

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BasEbaLlKnoItAll
            Top 10, not in order

            Victor Martinez
            Jorge Posada
            Jason Varitek
            Joe Mauer
            Paul Lo Duca
            Bengie Molina
            Ramon Hernandez
            Ivan Rodriguez
            A.J. Pierzynski
            Mike Matheny
            I'm not running this poll, but it has to be in order to mean anything with this format.

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            • #7
              1- Jason Varitek
              2- Victor Martinez
              3- Joe Mauer
              4- Jorge Posada
              5- Pudge
              6- Bengie Molina
              7- Ramon Hernadez
              8- Paul Lo Duca
              9- A.J. Pierzynski (sp?)
              10- Mike Matheny

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BasEbaLlKnoItAll
                Top 10, not in order

                Victor Martinez
                Jorge Posada
                Jason Varitek
                Joe Mauer
                Paul Lo Duca
                Bengie Molina
                Ramon Hernandez
                Ivan Rodriguez
                A.J. Pierzynski
                Mike Matheny
                the rules are that they have to be in order (otherwise that will be counted as your order)
                Yankees '09

                Arod, CC, AJ, DJ and Tex

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                • #9
                  1. Mike Piazza - will retire as one of the greatest.
                  2. Ivan Rodriquez - will also retire as one of the greatest.
                  3. Jorge Posada - has been a force for The Yankees for years now.
                  4. Mike Matheny - I take defense, in a catcher, before offense.
                  5. Bengie Molina - same reasoning as above.
                  6. Jason Varitek - they're not stealing on him as much anymore.
                  7. Victor Martinez - defense needs to pick up ... offense will be great for years.
                  8. Paul Lo Duca - decent all around.
                  9. Yadier Molina - The Future.
                  10. Joe Mauer - The Future.

                  I put the guys with great careers first because I think they are due that level of respect. Mauer, Molina, Martinez ... they still have years of proving how good they really are. Martinez has done great at the plate (.380 after the all-star break), still has to show up and throw more runners out. Yadier may be the best defensive out of all of them and I believe that his hitting will get better also, especially if he listens to Pujols. I don't know much about Mauer, but, from a quick look at his numbers ... he will be great also.

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                  • #10
                    1. Victor Martinez
                    2. Jorge Posada
                    3. Jason Varitek
                    4. Joe Mauer
                    5. Michael Barrett
                    6. Ramon Hernandez
                    7. Bengie Molina
                    8. Javy Lopez
                    9. Mike Piazza
                    10. Mike Lieberthal

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                    • #11
                      1 Victor Martinez- Best hitting catcher in MLB.
                      2 Joe Mauer- Led all MLB catchers in Win Shares, young and promising.
                      3 Jason Varitek- Great bat, bad glove
                      4 Michael Barret- Decent glove, very good bat.
                      5 Jorge Posada- Nice blend of hitting and fielding
                      6 Mike Matheny- Sub-par bat, out of this world with his glove
                      7 Jason Larue- Similar to Barret
                      8 Brian Schneider- Like Matheny but not as stellar with the glove
                      9 Bengie Molina- Nice blend of offense/defense
                      10 Brad Ausmus- Worst hitter of the bunch, glove puts him on the list

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                      • #12
                        1-Victor Martinez
                        2- Ivan Rodriguez
                        3-Joe Mauer
                        4-Paul Lo Duca
                        5-(yay!) Brian Schneider
                        6-Ramon Hernandez
                        7-Jason Varitek
                        8-Mike Matheny
                        9-A.J. Pierzynski
                        10-Mike Lieberthal? Javy Lopez? Brad Ausmus?Bengie Molina?
                        Cristobal

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                        • #13
                          Brannu, i'm pretty sure the poll is for who is the best right now. With those rules, i don't see how you could put Piazza and Pudge so high and Martinez so low.

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                          • #14
                            Wilkerson, what are your reasons for not including Posada and for putting Pudge and his .290 OBP second?

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                            • #15
                              Okay, I'll list mine but I really don't think 10 catchers truly qualify as special players so my list might be slightly truncated.

                              1.) Ivan Rodriguez (first-ballot Hall of Famer)
                              2.) Bengie Molina (best defensive catcher in the game oh yeah and he hits)
                              3.) Joe Mauer (he's 22 think about that)
                              4.) Jason Varitek (it physically makes me sick to type that as a Yankee fan)
                              5.) Jorge Posada ('nough said)
                              6.) Victor Martinez (hits, doesn't do much else)

                              So that's it folks, I came up with six.

                              Coming on strong, however, is Yadier Molina, 23, who I believe is the younger brother of Bengie Molina.

                              Excluded: Mike Piazza and Javy Lopez as neither is really a catcher anymore, are they?

                              Now my list of the All-Over-rated Catchers:
                              1.) Jason Kendall (.321 SLG% in 601 AB last year, yeah that's kind of bad)
                              2.) Brad Ausmus (.255 career BA, I can't figure out what's "special" about him)
                              3.) A.J. Pierzynski (grounds into double plays almost as much as he gets branded a clubhouse cancer)
                              4.) Ramon Hernandez (Baltimore just bought a $27.5 million bag of goods. Hernandez has averaged 105 games played over the last two years. Hope Javy doesn't get too comfy over at first.)
                              “I see great things in baseball.”
                              Walt Whitman

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