Most long term baseball fans seem to have some favorite users of the tools of ignorance. I thought it was time to talk about some of our favorite backstops and some we don't like.
Jody Davis - Cubs - caught around 600 games in four seasons of solid baseball and it seemed to wear him out as his career did not last all that long.
Joe Oliver- solid backstop of the 1990 Reds and one of the hero's of the World Series. He was one of those average guys that had a nice long career, getting another playoff run with the Mariners again with Lou Pinnella later in the 90s.
Bo Diaz- This guy had a sweet swing for a right handed hitter. Nice career and untimely strange end. He was a fan favorite in his few years in Cincy.
― earlnash, Monday, 6 April 2020 00:22 (nine months ago) link
loved tony peña; v. stylish behind the plate. i was unhappy at the time, but trading him at age 30 for andy van slyke and mike lavalliere turned out to be a key move for the pirates
― mookieproof, Monday, 6 April 2020 00:28 (nine months ago) link
Mike Lavalliere "popeye" - he was pretty lovable and decent hitter.
Tony Pena and Benito Santiago were the kings of that kick the leg out style to be able to set a crazy low target.
Cliff Johnson was one of those catchers that could not really field anywhere, but was a pretty good stick, so he hung around as a pinch hitter and deep backup behind the plate.
I admire Carlton Fisk's career and like him as a player, but the dude really slowed up the pace of EVERY game he caught.
― earlnash, Monday, 6 April 2020 00:34 (nine months ago) link
Johnny Bench was my first favourite player; got my picture taken with him at spring training, 1972 (I was 11 and a catcher myself).
Always was a big Ernie Whitt fan, and thought he was underrated--probably one of the four or five best AL catchers in the mid-'80s.
I was a big I-Rod fan through most of his career. Unfair, I suppose, but I had my doubts towards the end of his career.
I think Munson was a great character--yin to the yang of everyone else on those two Yankees WS teams.
Also liked Manny Sanguillen as a kid.
― clemenza, Monday, 6 April 2020 01:21 (nine months ago) link
Bench was definitely many kids favorite player. I grew up in Indiana, so it was total Reds country when I was a kid. I saw Bench play, but never catch. The game I saw as a little kid in '77 Bench pinch hit, but Bill Plummer started at catcher. I later saw Bench play third in like '83 playing on maybe the worst Reds team of my lifetime.
I was there the day they unveiled this statue and had a Johnny Bench day. Brewers just destroyed the Reds that day with like Ryan Braun hitting two HRs against cincy (what else is new).
I really dig how they got the ball coming out of Bench's hand in the statue. I think it does give some illusion of motion.
― earlnash, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 01:03 (nine months ago) link