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Reconstructing the MLB Hall of Fame: Catcher

August 4, 2010

The real life, current Hall of Fame sucks. Case in point- Jim Rice.

So eight people- myself, some writers, and a couple other people- decided to get together and reconstruct the Hall of Fame, position by position. Yes, eight people seems small, but keep in mind these are eight really smart and really bright baseball minds that are more qualified when it comes to baseball analysis than most members of the BBWAA. In order to be elected, a player had to receive 75% of the vote (6/8) just like the real life ballot. Also, we can vote for however many people at a position as we want, unlike the real vote where I believe you can only cast a vote for a maximum of ten people per ballot.

For future Hall of Fame reference, use ours. It will be better.

The first position we voted on was catcher. Here are the results:

Johnny Bench- 100%
Carlton Fisk- 100%
Yogi Berra- 100%
Mike Piazza- 100%
Mickey Cochrane- 100%
Gary Carter- 87.5%
Bill Dickey- 87.5%
Roy Campanella- 87.5%
Gabby Hartnett- 75%

Joe Torre- 62.5%
Ted Simmons- 50%
Brian Downing- 25%
Thurman Munson- 25%
Buck Ewing- 12.5%
Gene Tenace- 12.5%
Wally Schang- 12.5%
Roger Bresnahan- 12.5%
King Kelly- 0%
Lance Parrish- 0%
Ernie Lomardie- 0%
Bill Freehan- 0%

Next up: First base

So there are nine catcher’s in the Hall of Fame, compared to thirteen in real life. All of the people we voted on are Hall of Famer’s or will be Hall of Famer’s. However, Roger Bresnahan, Buck Ewing, Rick Ferrell, Ernie Lombardi, and Ray Schalk have been removed.

Top 100 players of all-time: 40-31

December 31, 2009

40. Hank Greenberg


Greenberg was a power hitter who led the American League in home runs three times and had a total of 331 homers. Greenberg won the MVP twice and made the All-Star game five times.

39. Jackie Robinson

Robinson is one of the most well known players of all-time. He broke the color barrier in Major League baseball in 1947 while on the Brooklyn Dodgers.He was constantly taunted and threatened on and off the field due to his race. He won the Rookie of the Year in 1947 and the MVP award in 1949. He made six All-Star games.

38. Johnny Bench


On my list Bench is the second best catcher of all-time. He was known for his defense, power, and clutch ability in the playoffs. Bench was apart of those great 1970 Reds teams. He won the Rookie of the year and two MVP awards. He was a ten time Gold Glove winner and made the All-Star game fourteen times.

37. Yogi Berra


Berra is my number one catcher. He won three MVP awards and won ten World Series titles with the Yankees. No other player won that many in Major League Baseball history. He was one of the earlier power hitting catchers. He had 358 home runs. Berra made fifteen All-Star games. Also who doesn’t love a good Yogi-ism?

36. Gaylord Perry

1.18/73.3 %/3.06/96.3

Perry was known for his sinking fastball. He was also caught greasing the ball once in his twenty-two seasons, but said he did it his entire career. Perry was the first to win the Cy Young in both leagues. Perry was a five time All-Star.

35. Cy Young

1.13/64.1 %/2.82/146.0

Cy Young seemed to never have a sore arm. He pitched over 800 games and 7000 innings during a twenty three year career. He finished with more wins, innings pitched, games started, and complete games than any other pitcher. He will probably hold all those records to the end of time because the way pitchers are handled nowadays. In 1901 he won the Triple Crown.

34. Nap Lajoie


Nap Lajoie was possibly the best player in MLB before the coming of Ty Cobb. He is one of the best hitters in history with over 3,200 hits. He won the 1901 Triple Crown for hitters.

33. Cap Anson


For the early era Anson was a power hitter. Though he had only hit ninety seven total home runs. He led his league in RBI’s eight times and won two batting titles. Anson had 3418 hits in his twenty seven years as a player.

32. Sandy Koufax

1.11/77.4 %/2.69/54.5

From 1962-1966 he won 111 games and led the league in ERA- it was under 2.00 runs per game. He also led the NL in strikeouts, shutouts, and pitched four no-hitters. Along with a perfect game in 1965 he won three Cy Young’s, three Triple Crowns, and one MVP. Koufax made six All-Star games.

31. Bob Gibson

1.19/75.7 %/2.89/85.6

Some say he is the best big-game pitcher of all-time. Gibson almost won two World Series for the Cardinals by himself. In 1968, he enjoyed one of the most dominating seasons in baseball history, posting a 1.12 ERA and winning twenty-two games. He won nine Gold Gloves, two Cy Youngs, and one MVP. Gibson was an eight time All-Star.