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  • My 100 greatest catchers

    1. Johnny Bench
    2. Gary Carter
    3. Carlton Fisk
    4. Ivan Rodriguez
    5. Bill Dickey
    6. Mike Piazza
    7. Joe Mauer
    8. Gabby Hartnett
    9. Yogi Berra
    10. Ted Simmons
    11. Buster Posey
    12. Mickey Cochrane
    13. Thurman Munson
    14. Gene Tenace
    15. Roger Bresnahan
    16. Wally Schang
    17. Bill Freehan
    18. Jorge Posada
    19. Darrell Porter
    20. Jim Sundberg
    21. Jason Kendall
    22. Yadier Molina
    23. Charlie Bennett
    24. Roy Campanella
    25. Josh Gibson
    26. Russell Martin
    27. Ernie Lombardi
    28. Duke Farrell
    29. Lance Parrish
    30. Smoky Burgess
    31. Ray Schalk
    32. Brian McCann
    33. Sherm Lollar
    34. Rick Ferrell
    35. Victor Martinez
    36. Fred Carroll
    37. Biz Mackey
    38. Jocko Milligan
    39. Chris Hoiles
    40. Johnny Bassler
    41. Chief Meyers
    42. Salvador Perez
    43. Ed McFarland
    44. Joe Ferguson
    45. Jack Clements
    46. John Romano
    47. Johnny Kling
    48. Chief Zimmer
    49. Tom Haller
    50. Hank Gowdy
    51. Ed Bailey
    52. Butch Wynegar
    53. Darren Daulton
    54. Carlos Ruiz
    55. Mickey Tettleton
    56. Javy Lopez
    57. Charles Johnson
    58. Manny Sanguillen
    59. Walker Cooper
    60. Mike Scioscia
    61. Terry Steinbach
    62. Del Crandall
    63. Elston Howard
    64. Steve O'Neill
    65. Andy Seminick
    66. Spud Davis
    67. Jason Varitek
    68. Tim McCarver
    69. Terry Kennedy
    70. Ramon Hernandez
    71. Bob O'Farrell
    72. Mike Stanley
    73. Rick Dempsey
    74. John Roseboro
    75. Deacon McGuire
    76. Muddy Ruel
    77. Benito Santiago
    78. Kurt Suzuki
    79. Tony Pena
    80. Bob Boone
    81. A.J. Pierzynski
    82. John Clapp
    83. J.T. Realmuto
    84. Willson Contreras
    85. Gary Sanchez
    86. John Stearns
    87. Robinson Chirinos
    88. Aaron Robinson
    89. Dick Dietz
    90. Rick Wilkins
    91. Bubbles Hargrave
    92. Yasmani Grandal
    93. Francisco Cervelli
    94. Mike Grady
    95. Babe Phelps
    96. Bill Carrigan
    97. Jim Pagliaroni
    98. Yan Gomes
    99. Stan Lopata
    100. Art Wilson

    Notable catchers that failed to make the top 100: Brad Ausmas, Al Lopez, Jimmie Wilson, Gus Mancuso, Jerry Grote, Johnny Edwards, Don Slaught, Doggie Miller, Hank Severeid, Ernie Whitt
    Last edited by Sockeye; Today, 09:29 AM.
    My dream ballpark dimensions
    LF: 388 Feet...Height 37 Feet...LCF: 455 Feet...CF: 542 Feet...Height 35 Feet
    RCF: 471 Feet...RF: 400 Feet...Height 60 Feet
    Location....San Diego

  • #2
    Originally posted by Sockeye View Post
    91. Bubbles Hargrave
    92. Yasmani Grandal
    93. Francisco Cervelli
    94. Mike Grady
    95. Babe Phelps
    96. Bill Carrigan
    97. Jim Pagliaroni
    98. Yan Gomes
    99. Stan Lopata
    100. Art Wilson
    He's alive ,welcome back Sockeye!
    Jacquelyn Eva Marchand (1983-2017)
    http://www.tezakfuneralhome.com/noti...uelyn-Marchand

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jar of Flies View Post

      He's alive ,welcome back Sockeye!
      A week after I couldn’t believe one of his threads was revived.
      "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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      • #4
        Wow 100 at the catcher position. That's goin' deep. Never heard of 90-100. Be cool to add a short bio of some randoms here and there if they have great stories. Nice idea. Is this overall as players including hitting, or just them defensively?

        And look at Doggie Miller with 260 steals at the catcher position. What's the record?
        Last edited by GoslinFan; 07-18-2021, 05:43 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GoslinFan View Post
          Wow 100 at the catcher position. That's goin' deep. Never heard of 90-100. Be cool to add a short bio of some randoms here and there if they have great stories. Nice idea. Is this overall as players including hitting, or just them defensively?

          And look at Doggie Miller with 260 steals at the catcher position. What's the record?
          Never heard of current catching star Yasmani Grandal?
          Bubbles Hargrave had an impressive run with the 20s Reds.

          Using Fangraphs search functions, selecting catchers, removing King Kelly as he played a lot of outfield, Buck Ewing edges Doggie Miller, great trivia question!

          https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.as...12-31&sort=8,d
          Jacquelyn Eva Marchand (1983-2017)
          http://www.tezakfuneralhome.com/noti...uelyn-Marchand

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jar of Flies View Post

            He's alive ,welcome back Sockeye!
            Thank you Jar of Flies. Nice to be back.
            My dream ballpark dimensions
            LF: 388 Feet...Height 37 Feet...LCF: 455 Feet...CF: 542 Feet...Height 35 Feet
            RCF: 471 Feet...RF: 400 Feet...Height 60 Feet
            Location....San Diego

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GoslinFan View Post
              Wow 100 at the catcher position. That's goin' deep. Never heard of 90-100. Be cool to add a short bio of some randoms here and there if they have great stories. Nice idea. Is this overall as players including hitting, or just them defensively?

              And look at Doggie Miller with 260 steals at the catcher position. What's the record?
              Yan Gomes is also still active and having a decent season for the Nationals. 112 OPS+ & 2.2 WAR. Both rank 4th best of his career. Francisco Cervelli is still active while playing a limited but productive role for the Marlins

              This is best overall as players.
              Last edited by Sockeye; 07-18-2021, 06:49 PM.
              My dream ballpark dimensions
              LF: 388 Feet...Height 37 Feet...LCF: 455 Feet...CF: 542 Feet...Height 35 Feet
              RCF: 471 Feet...RF: 400 Feet...Height 60 Feet
              Location....San Diego

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jar of Flies View Post


                Bubbles Hargrave had an impressive run with the 20s Reds.
                Hargrave was famously the first NL catcher to win a batting title. I remember his name coming up quite a bit when Buster Posey won his. But it was kind of a BS batting title as he only had 366 plate appearances that season (the rules at the time only required 100 games played to qualify. Bubbles only started 89 games that year and entered 16 games as a pinch hitter and/or defensive substitute).
                My top 10 players:

                1. Babe Ruth
                2. Barry Bonds
                3. Ty Cobb
                4. Ted Williams
                5. Willie Mays
                6. Alex Rodriguez
                7. Hank Aaron
                8. Honus Wagner
                9. Lou Gehrig
                10. Mickey Mantle

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                • #9
                  From about 1900 to the 1930s catchers were largely platooned. This is a reason why Ray Schalk and Roger Bresnahan are in the HoF. I’d give Chief Meyers a lot of credit for what he did on the 1911-13 Giants.
                  "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post
                    From about 1900 to the 1930s catchers were largely platooned. This is a reason why Ray Schalk and Roger Bresnahan are in the HoF. I’d give Chief Meyers a lot of credit for what he did on the 1911-13 Giants.
                    I tend to agree. Chief Meyers comes in at #41
                    My dream ballpark dimensions
                    LF: 388 Feet...Height 37 Feet...LCF: 455 Feet...CF: 542 Feet...Height 35 Feet
                    RCF: 471 Feet...RF: 400 Feet...Height 60 Feet
                    Location....San Diego

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                    • #11
                      Bump now that the full list is updated.
                      Jacquelyn Eva Marchand (1983-2017)
                      http://www.tezakfuneralhome.com/noti...uelyn-Marchand

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