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Monday, January 10, 2022

Is Buster Posey One of the Best Catchers in MLB History?

Best catchers in baseball history: 1. Mickey Cochrane, 2. Johnny Bench, 3. Josh Gibson, 4. Yogi Berra, 5. Gary Carter, 6. Ivan Rodriguez.

Your opinion of that ranking aside, a follower proceeded to ask for my opinion of Posey. That prompted me to compare the 34-year-old’s career to that of Cochrane, who likewise was done at a relatively-early age. Cochrane played his last game shortly after his 34th birthday, an errant Bump Hadley pitch — this in the days before hitters wore helmets — having fractured his skull and rendered him unconscious for 10 days. Coincidentally or not, Cochrane had taken Hadley deep in his previous at bat.

Cochrane played from 1925-1937 — a high-offense era — and finished his career with an eye-popping .320/.419/.478 slash line. Perusing our WAR leaderboard for that baker’s-dozen stretch, you’ll find Cochrane sandwiched between Rogers Hornsby and Tony Lazzeri. In 1947, Cochrane became the first catcher voted into the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.

Cochrane played in 1,482 games. Posey played in 1,371 games. How do they otherwise compare?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2022 at 03:11 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Monday, November 22, 2021

Mancini, Posey win Comeback Player of Year

The Orioles’ Trey Mancini and the Giants’ Buster Posey were named MLB’s Comeback Players of the Year for 2021 on Monday.

Mancini won the American League Comeback Player of the Year Award after beating colon cancer and returning to Baltimore to post the fourth 20-home run season of his career. Posey won the National League Comeback Award following one of his best seasons since winning the MVP Award in 2012, after he didn’t play at all in 2020 due to COVID concerns.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 22, 2021 at 07:25 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Buster Posey to reportedly retire after fantastic 12-year career with Giants | Yahoo Sports

The heart and soul of the San Francisco Giants is reportedly ready to call it a career. Catcher Buster Posey will reportedly announce his retirement Thursday, ending a fantastic 12-year run with the franchise, according to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly.

Posey, 34, returned for the 2021 MLB season after opting in 2020. He experienced a resurgence at the plate, hitting .304/.390/.499, with 18 home runs, over 454 plate appearances. That performance resulted in Posey making the National League All-Star team for the first time since 2018.

I’m shocked.

Hombre Brotani Posted: November 03, 2021 at 06:42 PM | 178 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Ten Position Players Who Have Most Helped Their Hall of Fame Cases in 2021

Bryce Harper, Right Field
(38.6 Career | 34.3 Peak | 36.4 JAWS, +4.0 JAWS)
Harper has now played in 10 major league seasons, meaning that he’s cleared the most basic qualification for election. And while he’s a ways from clinching a berth in Cooperstown, unlike his 2012 Rookie of the Year counterpart Mike Trout, he’s recovered some of his lost mojo, hitting for a 175 OPS+, good for second in the NL and his highest mark since his MVP-winning 2015 season. Both his .420 on-base percentage and .594 slugging percentage rank second as well, and he’s also generating MVP discussion. He’s still got a long ways to go to secure a plaque, but as he nears his 29th birthday, he’s more than halfway to 500 homers (258, 26% odds according to ZiPSmaster Dan Szymborski). From a value perspective, it would be to his great benefit to stop leaking runs defensively; he’s at -7 DRS this year and counting.



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