Wednesday, January 4, 2012
MLB Network list is first. Mine's next.
A thousand games caught is the cutoff for the MLB list. That's gonna mean no Buck Ewing. My top 200 is here.
MLB Network List:
If I had the games caught requirement, Torre would make my list at 9 and Hartnett takes Ewing's spot. Consider Torre v. their choice, Campanella. Catching's hard - when you put in the mileage that a catcher puts in, that has to be worth something.
Campy: OPS+123, PA: 4816
Torre: OPS+ 128, PA: 8801
Their list has Berra above Dickey. I go the other way, but its close.
Who they screwed is Gary Carter. He's got 3000 more plate appearances than Mickey Cochrane; and while Cochrane essentially finished as a defensive wash, Carter was 10 defensive wins above replacement for his career. Cochrane had a better bat (although not better than Torre, so you still can't explain why he wasn't included) but Carter's longevity+glove makes him the better guy.