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Best Catcher Seasons since 1979

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Enough of the worst, it's time for the best. Now instead of OPS+ for these lists I'll be using Win Shares since it rates a player's all around game rather than just their offense, although the defensive measures are very flawed. Just like the worst lists I'm picking a year to start with and this time around I'm going with 1979. The reason is that I was born on October 1, 1978 which was the last day of the 1978 regular season (among the winning pitchers that day were Luis Tiant, Ferguson Jenkins, and Rollie Fingers...ya I'm really getting old), so essentially these are the best single seasons of my lifetime.

 

Obviously there's going to be one glaring problem with these lists and that's the 1981, 1994, and 1995 strike shortened seasons will all be very underrepresented. And well...fuck it. I'm not going to worry about it.

 

Note Win Shares Above Average is used to break ties.

 

Top 20 Catcher Seasons since 1979 (per Win Shares)

 

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1. Mike Piazza, 1997 - Los Angeles Dodgers 38.6 Win Shares

 

Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP 
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
1997 28 LAD NL 152  556  104  201  32  1  40  124   5  1  69  77  .362  .431  .638  185  355   0   5  11   3  19

 

2. Gary Carter, 1985 - New York Mets 33.3

3. Mike Piazza, 1998 - Los Angeles Dodgers/Florida Marlins/New York Mets 33

4. Mike Piazza, 1996 - Los Angeles Dodgers 32.9

5. Gary Carter, 1982 - Montreal Expos 31.3

6. Darrell Porter, 1979 - Kansas City Royals 30.8

7. Victor Martinez, 2007 - Cleveland Indians 30.8

8. Joe Mauer, 2006 - Minnesota Twins 30.8

9. Darren Daulton, 1992 - Philadelphia Phillies 30.8

10. Mike Piazza, 1993 - Los Angeles Dodgers 30.5

11. Gary Carter, 1984 - Montreal Expos 30.2

12. Gary Carter, 1980 - Montreal Expos 30

13. Javy Lopez, 2003 - Atlanta Braves 29.7

14. Darren Daulton, 1993 - Philadelphia Phillies 28.6

15. Jorge Posada, 2000 - New York Yankees 28.6

16. Paul Lo Duca, 2001 - Los Angeles Dodgers 27.9

17. Jorge Posada, 2003 - New York Yankees 27.8

18. Terry Kennedy, 1982 - San Diego Padres 27.8

19. Ivan Rodriguez, 1999 - Texas Rangers 27.6

20. Rick Wilkins, 1993 - Chicago Cubs 27.5

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