Cooperstown has several luminaries that, for their actions behind the plate, earned the right to be there, that they are recognized as Immortals. Which of them has been the most complete receiver in MLB ? in what is hidden inside baseball has the answer.
The catcher’s position is the toughest in baseball. The catcher is the brain on the pitch, it is who places each player in the right place based on the characteristics of each batter and the way he is going to work, he is the one who receives more than 120 pitches per game, It is he who has the responsibility of guiding the pitcher and observing every detail, he is the one who crouches the most and rises with an average of more than 140 times per game.
Cooperstown has several luminaries that for their actions behind the plate won the right to be there, which are recognized as Immortals. Which of them has been the best? Among the most recognized names are Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk, Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Mickey Cochrane and Puerto Rican Iván Rodríguez.
From this group, we stayed with Bench, Fisk, and Rodriguez to choose the best. But you can place the best one according to your criteria, I will only talk about the mark they left on the pitch.
Speaking of receivers today, comes to the fore, who is better Yadier Molina or Salvador Pérez? Well, old-school recipients who left their mark in Major League Baseball jump to my mind: Johnny Bench and Yogi Berra was perhaps the great reference of today’s catchers, there are many factors to keep in mind to know What it is to be a good receiver.
A catcher has to have insane skills and defensive approach to be considered good, today I want to talk about 3 great protagonists of a contemporary school, the best baseball catchers have impressive statistics that support their legacy.
What does a great catcher do? It is more than a defensive feat. The responsibilities of a receiver are many. They have to be able to work well with all the starting pitchers, asking for a good game for them, so that they can concentrate on taking out the hitters.
Offensively, the best receivers of all time could contribute to the victories of their team with the bat: they could be homers, they might not have the speed to travel the bases as some of the gardeners have it, but they often have the power .
Who are the best catchers of all time? Here some receivers will appear, whose passage through the MLB left a contribution, for the new generations of the present. And if some important catchers are missing, comment!
He Played with Through his career with the Cincinnati Reds and Is Section of This National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bench, 14 times selected to the All-Star Game and twice the Most Valuable Player of the National League, was a key member of The Big Red Machine , which won six divisional titles, four National League pennants and two World Series championships.
He won 10 gold gloves, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989 with 96% of the votes, the third highest figure, for the moment, leader in 3 opportunities in races promoted in the National League and leader in homers in pair of bells.
He is also part of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and his No. 5 retired on the team.
In 1999, he ranked No. 16 on the Sporting News list of the 100 greatest baseball players, the best on the list for a catcher, and was elected member of the Major League Baseball All-Century Team .
As of 2000 in the college baseball season, the best college catcher receives the Johnny Bench Prize annually.
He debuted in the majors with Boston Red Sox in 1969, but it was not until the 1972 season when he breaks into the best baseball in the world, he turned into the very first player to acquire the Rookie of the season award winning unanimous.
After winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1972 with the Boston Red Sox, he participated in 11 All-Star Games, won a Golden Glove, rang 376 home runs, had an offensive average of .269, with 1,330 driven in 8,756 at-bats .
He finished with a defensive average of .987, made 165 errors, acted in 167 double plays in 19,025 innings and two thirds of work, dividing his career between the Boston Red Sox teams and the Chicago White Sox.
Carlton Fisk was Chosen in 2000 into the Hall of Fame and is one of the few players with the number retired performing with two teams, the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox.
It is the second receiver with the most matches received after the rubber. Fisk stood out in his position, although he only won the Golden Glove at one time, but that does not describe the kind of player he was for 24 seasons in the majors. He hit twice on .300, in addition to getting a triple lead. He had eight campaigns of at least 20 homers and twice exceeded the 100 laps driven.
Nicknamed « Pudge », for many it is the best MLB catcher. He shared his career with Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.
Rodriguez was awarded the LA MVP award in 1999 in a controversial manner.
He is widely considered among the
most effective catchers of all time. Rodriguez
won the World Series with the Marlins in 2003, and also played in the 2006 World Series. He won 13
Gold Gloves, leader in the position. He was the first catcher to achieve 30 homers, 100 RBIs
and 100 runs scored during a season in MLB.
On January 18, 2017 he was selected
to be exalted to the Major
League Baseball Hall of Fame . Rodriguez was the first catcher to achieve 30 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 runs
scored during a season in the history of Las Mayores.
In addition, he was the first receiver in history to connect more than 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a campaign, in the post-season, he was named the MVP of the Series by the National League Championship. In addition, he ended the last game of the Series play-off by the National League Division, by retaining the ball, after a collision with JT Snow, which meant the final out of the game.
Rodriguez won the 2003 World Series
with the Marlins and also played the 2006 Series with the Tigers. On
June 17, 2009 he implanted a new brand for the Major Leagues by acting as a receiver in his game number
2,897 as a receiver.
The hidden baseball
A generation is coming that perhaps
many can say they are the best, and they may be right,
but we always try to look for the hidden baseball, receivers cited above can be
cataloged the best, during their time in the best baseball in the world, but What we should
all know is the legacy they left and what they contributed to the game.
He has played 16 seasons in the big leagues, and at that time, Yadier has 41% caught stealing from opposing teams, which makes him one of the most interesting defensive receivers in the big leagues, this 2019 season could Reaching 2000 hits, Molina has gone to 9 Star Games, harvest 8 Gold Gloves and a Silver Bat.
We could say that Yadier Molina’s career can take him to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
He is another of the contemporaries, with 8 seasons in the best baseball in the world, Salvy has made his way, to say present and to be considered as one of the good receivers in the world of baseball, perhaps his numbers are better than those of Molina in his first 8 seasons.
Salvador has the necessary intelligence to be able to conduct a baseball game, Pérez set a record in the majors with the most innings behind the plate over a period of two seasons, since 1914, according to STATS, exceeding the 2704 Randy Hundley tickets with the Chicago Cubs.
Salvador Pérez in his career has
attended 6 Star Games, and has won 5 Golden Gloves, if we analyze
Salvador’s career, we could see with the passing of time, how he builds his legacy in baseball.
Who has been the most complete receiver in MLB baseball history? You have the answer.
We will see each other in an upcoming installment of what is hidden inside baseball.
Author: José Luis Oviedo, caraqueño and passionate about baseball, always learning about the wonderful world of baseball. Baseball scorer and scorer, for more than 20 years linked to the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, through compilers, Line Score Statistics, Tu Jonron.com, Scorer of Scorer League, for 11 statistical seasons of the radio circuit of the Magellan.