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The 10 Greatest Catchers

1st December 2022

There are 19 catchers in the Hall of Fame. That total is the second-fewest by position players behind only third baseman (17). However, some of baseball’s most iconic defensive players and hitters have played behind the plate. We are going to break down the best catchers of all time, using statistics. Specifically, we will be looking at the leaders in Position Player WAR. This measurement considers baserunning, grounding into double plays (when in DP situations), and fielding. Additionally, WAR is adjusted by position. Catchers, for instance, generally have the lowest batting averages of all position players. Finally, replacement level runs (based on playing time) round out the considerations of WAR, which determines who is among the best catchers of all time. Here are the top 10 greatest catchers, in alphabetical order, according to WAR.

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