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Around The Kilt

October 2, 2015

Explanation – Every week, we debate a sports topic. This week, the writers state their case for who the greatest MLB catcher of all time is!

The catcher is a very versatile position that has to put a good amount of effort into every pitch their pitcher throws at them. Amongst their list of great players, the Yankees were lucky enough to sign arguably the best catcher of the 1950s-1960s. One could argue that Yogi Berra was the greatest catcher to ever play the game of baseball.

His statistics speak for themselves, when any fan could see Yogi become an all-star season after season. He participated in 18 all-star games throughout his long career. Being voted into the Hall of Fame in 1972 was an inevitable event that gives Berra extreme credibility as the greatest catcher of all time.

Yogi has both with three MVP awards along with 13 World Series rings. This makes a compelling case for why Yogi Berra is the G.O.A.T.(Greatest of All Time)

Kyle Ward
Sports Contributor

The best catcher of all time is Johnny Bench. He was a two-time National League MVP, the NL Rookie of the Year in 1968, and also the World Series MVP in 1976 on a team that had two other Hall of Famers playing on it. He also had ten gold gloves in his seventeen years in the MLB.

Bench is also one of the most dominant offensive catchers to ever play. He’s third on the all-time home run list for catchers with 326. Bench also lead the National in a multitude of offensive categories in 1970, 1972, and 1974.

Having a catcher perform well on both sides of the dish well is rare, and Bench excelled at doing it all. That is why he is the best catcher in baseball history.

Cooper Pauley
Contributing Writer

Ivan Rodriguez was around for 20 years, and managers hated it. “Pudge” sits at the top of my list for the best catcher of all time.

First: Any pitcher at all could throw to him. Any pitch, any speed, any kind of movement, and he’s got it cleanly. And second: You’re not running on him. You can try, of course. You’ll just end up taking the long walk back to the dugout, looking like a fool. Men who could straight-up fly were treated like Adam Dunn trying to steal second.

Most important, though: That man could hit like a second baseman. He had power. He was precise. This man was a born hitter, and made baseball look easy.

Anthony Adams
Sports Columnist

As a Cubs fan, I have seen plenty of Yadier Molina in his 12 seasons. Everytime I watch Yadi, he proves that he is the greatest.

Catchers in this day and age aren’t known for their bat, which makes Yadi’s career .283 batting average so much more impressive. While he doesn’t provide the big home run numbers, he is known for being a clutch hitter and has been responsible for creating a total of 649 runs over the course of his career.

Yadi cements his status as the greatest with his seven straight all-star apperances and six straight gold glove awards Yadi has lead inexperienced pitching staffs to World Series, and collected a pair of rings on the way there.

Anthony Matozzi
Sports Editor

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