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  • Best defensive catcher currently playing

    Yadier Molina

    (If y'all have already discussed this, someone delete the thread, OK?)
    Born to an age where horror has become commonplace, where tragedy has, by its monotonous repetition, become a parody of sorrow, we need to fence off a few parks where humans try to be fair, where skill has some hope of reward, [and] where absurdity has a harder time than usual getting a ticket." -- Thomas Boswell, 1984

  • #2
    I like your argument laid out here, its very compelling.

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    • #3
      When the answer is as obvious as Molina.... there is no need for further discussion.

      Great Thread so far. Nice and concise, without all the usual BS normally attributed to "best" at this or that threads.
      "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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      • #4
        Defensive catcher

        Whew. Thanks, Stan!

        I could pull up the stats to support my selection, but as The Man said, why? I don't see any other names posted...
        Born to an age where horror has become commonplace, where tragedy has, by its monotonous repetition, become a parody of sorrow, we need to fence off a few parks where humans try to be fair, where skill has some hope of reward, [and] where absurdity has a harder time than usual getting a ticket." -- Thomas Boswell, 1984

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        • #5
          I'm beating this dead horse after discovering that Yadi isn't throwing out many runners at all, has four errors and two passed balls. It's not even Memorial Day.

          Now I'm not so sure. Is there another statistic to look at to save his reputation?
          Born to an age where horror has become commonplace, where tragedy has, by its monotonous repetition, become a parody of sorrow, we need to fence off a few parks where humans try to be fair, where skill has some hope of reward, [and] where absurdity has a harder time than usual getting a ticket." -- Thomas Boswell, 1984

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          • #6
            Originally posted by keystone View Post
            I'm beating this dead horse after discovering that Yadi isn't throwing out many runners at all, has four errors and two passed balls. It's not even Memorial Day.

            Now I'm not so sure. Is there another statistic to look at to save his reputation?
            Well there is no plate blocking or game calling stats and any D stats they don't tell the whole story.

            Yadier has thrown out 10 in 28 attempts for 36% and some off the 4 errors probably come from all the extra snap
            throws he does. The opponents just trying 28 SB attemts shows how he controls the running game and he leads all
            catchers with 31 assists.


            Take a gander at the rest of the catchers and you will see he controls the running game as good or better then any of them.


            http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...08_field.shtml
            Last edited by Old Sweater; 05-22-2008, 02:03 AM.

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            • #7
              Thank you, old sweater. Now I can still brag about him. Defensive stats are so hard to make sense of. They never tell the whole story...

              I saw where Giovanny Soto was actually throwing out more runners, but a young catcher still has so much to learn behind the plate. He seems to be the whole package, though.
              Born to an age where horror has become commonplace, where tragedy has, by its monotonous repetition, become a parody of sorrow, we need to fence off a few parks where humans try to be fair, where skill has some hope of reward, [and] where absurdity has a harder time than usual getting a ticket." -- Thomas Boswell, 1984

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              • #8
                "Over 17 years, saving thousands of runs is like driving in thousands, of runs. It's the same thing. So, what's the difference?" -- Bill Mazeroski
                Like your sig. Omar could say the same thing.

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                • #9
                  I tell ya what, Jason Kendall is having quite a year behind the plate as well.. He has thrown out 18 of 34 runners (47%) and has 28 assists..
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                  • #10
                    Yeah, I saw that on the ESPN stats page, guru. What's up with Jason? He couldn't ever throw anyone out... Must be eating his spinach?
                    Born to an age where horror has become commonplace, where tragedy has, by its monotonous repetition, become a parody of sorrow, we need to fence off a few parks where humans try to be fair, where skill has some hope of reward, [and] where absurdity has a harder time than usual getting a ticket." -- Thomas Boswell, 1984

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