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Also, he dismisses the greatest hitting catcher ever by saying he was just a mediocre defensive catcher. Sure, defense is important and I think a great defensive player should get extra consideration, but less than great defense is not enough to make a slam dunk Hall of Famer an after thought.
All we can really do is say that he was an embarrassingly poor throwing catcher
That Piazza excerpt...Jesus...reading these Hall of Fame articles is making me lose confidence in humanity. When did 'stupid' become the default setting for grown up, professional people?
If some of the stuff coming out about catcher defense is accurate, that a catcher's receiving alone can be as valuable or detrimental as his offensive production, then that's not true.
The problem is that we don't (and probably never will) be able to properly evaluate Piazza's receiving, game calling, etc. All we can really do is say that he was an embarrassingly poor throwing catcher, and, as you say, it's a demerit that mars his case without negating it.
Murphy is running about 20% right now...which looks to be a slight final whining year bump.
Am I crazy, or is Murphy going to top 40% on this vote? It would position him for the VC.
"That's not true Kawakami!!"
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