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1993 year of the catcher?

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  • 1993 year of the catcher?

    mike piazza: 152 ops+
    chris hoiles: 162 ops+
    rick wilkins: 150 ops+
    mike stanley: 150 ops+
    jeff reed: 111 ops+

    seemed like a big year for more then a few catchers. anyone know of any other year with a lot of elite hitting catchers?

  • #2
    few moore

    darren daulton: 135 ops+
    chad krueter: 130 ops+
    mike macfarlane: 123 ops+


    • #3
      I consider 1979 the year of the catcher. Except for the stars who all seemed to have off years; all the offensive cathers peaked; the defensive specialist peaked too:

      Bench, Fisk, Munson (plane crash), Carter, Porter, Parrish, Downing, Tenace, Dale Murphy, Cerone, Sundberg, Simmons, Wynegar, Newman, Alexander, Boone, Ott, Stearn, Furgeson, Foote, Moore, Yeager, Ashby, Dempsey, May
      In the 1920's, Harry Heilmann led the AL with a .364 average. In addition, he averaged 220 hits, 45 doubles, 12 triples, 16 homers, 110 runs, and 130 RBI.


      • #4
        Tettleton was still a part time catcher in '93.


        • #5
          How about the 1932-1935 period, particularly 1932 and 1935? You have five Hall of Famers during that period - Mickey Cochrane, Bill Dickey, Gabby Hartnett, Ernie Lombardi, Rick Ferrell, plus a good hitting catcher in his prime in Spud Davis, plus good but light hitting catchers such as Al Lopez, Luke Sewell, and Gus Mancuso. Here's the average OPS+ during that four year period for some of these guys:

          Cochrane: 136
          Hartnett: 127
          Dickey: 125
          Davis: 125
          Lombardi: 122
          Ferrell: 102

          Even Al Lopez, had a 92 OPS+ during that period (compared to 83 for his career).


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