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(2008 to 2010)

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November 2010

Buster Posey #28 of the SF Giants chases a foul ball against the Florida Marlins
during a game at AT&T Park on July 29, 2010 in San Francisco, California.


October 2010

Vance Wilson (NY Mets) tags fellow catcher, Ramon Hernandez (SD Padres) in 2004


June 2010

Ed Sweeney (New York Yankees) standing beside the batting cage during pre-game warm-up in 1912. Sweeney caught 598 games for the Yankees during his eight years with them (1908-1915)


May 2010

Harry Chiti (Chicago Cubs) tags out Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh Pirates) at the plate on Frank Thomas' hit to left field in the first inning of game 1 of a double header in a 1955 game at Wrigley Field.


April 2010

Hall of Fame catcher, Raymond William Cracker Schalk played for 18 years (1912-1929) primarily in the American League for the Chicago White Sox, and his last year with the New York Giants. He led all catchers in Fielding Average five times. Schalk played all of his games as a catcher. Ray was a member of the infamous 1919 Chicago "Black Sox" but was never involved in the scandal. He was elected to the Hall Of Fame in 1955 by the Veterans' Committee.


March 2010

Hall of Fame catcher, William Buck Ewing played for 18 years (1880-1897) in the National League for Troy, New York, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. He led the league in Home Runs (10) in 1883 and in Triples (20) in 1884. His career total of 178 Triples is the all-time high for catchers. Besides backstop, Ewing also played 1B, OF, 3B, 2B, SS, and even pitched.


February 2010

Boston's Carlton Fisk's famous willing the ball fair in the bottom of the 12th inning in game 6 of the 1975 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. The pitch off of Pat Darcy on October 21, 1975 gave the Red Sox a 7-6 win to tie the Series up 3-3.


January 2010

Brad Ausmus (HOU) slides in safe at home against fellow backstop, Mike DiFelice (STL) in 2002 action. In 2010 Brad is the oldest active catcher in the majors at 40 years and 8 months old. He has played for 17 seasons and over 1900 games.


December 2009

Joe Mauer (MIN) shows off his Gold Glove form that earned him his second award in 2009 in addition to being named the A.L. Most Valuable Player, plus winning the Silver Slugger award and the A.L. Batting Championship.


November 2009

Joe Torre (STL) holds the catcher season record for the most plate appearances (704) and batting over .325 which he accomplished in 1970 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Joe's career batting average is .297, which ranks as the 9th highest for catchers.


October 2009

Yadier Molina (STL) tags out the Dodgers' Manny Rameriz in 2009 action. Molina is not only great at home plate but also has been the very best catcher at picking off baserunners who were napping at first base.


September 2009

Benny Stefano shows off his very unique catcher's mitt - worn on the right hand for a left-handed-throwing backstop. Stefano was the very last left-handed Major League catcher in 1989.


August 2009

Jorge Posada of the New York Yankees tags out Danny Bautista (Arizona Diamondbacks) in the third inning of the 2001 World Series game six on a throw from the shortstop.


July 2009

Hall of Fame bound Ivan Rodriguez, shown in 2008 with the New York Yankees, broke the Career Most Games Caught record in 2009 (with Houston). The previous record was held by Carlton Fisk with 2,226 games caught.


June 2009

George Mason University's Chris Henderson (a Junior) named as a 2009 Johnny Bench Award semi-finalist and also was named as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year.


May 2009

Ralph Weigel (Chicago White Sox) putting the tag on fellow catcher, Jim Hegan of the Cleveland Indians, on 9/17/1948


April 2009

Dick Bartell, Phillies shortstop, trying for an inside-the-park home run is about to be tagged out by Hall Of Fame catcher Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs. This was the first game of a double header on 9/17/1932 won by the home team Phillies 9-2. The umpire is Dolly Stark.


March 2009

Geovany Soto, Chicago Cub and National League Rookie of the Year in 2008 about to put the tag on Lance Berkman of the Houston Astros.


February 2009

Ernie Schnozz Lombardi was the 11th catcher inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Slow of foot but strong with his bat he hit .306 over 17 seasons with the Reds and the Giants. He won the N.L. Batting Title in 1938 & 1942 and was named an All-Star eight times. He was N.L. MVP in 1938.


January 2009

Deacon McGuire who caught for 26 seasons over 29 years (1884-1912) holds the record for being the Oldest Catcher when he caught his 1,781st game on 5/18/1912 at age 48 years, 6 months and 0 days.


December 2008

Hall Of Fame Catcher, Josh Gibson was considered the greatest hitter of the black baseball leagues. Called the "Black Babe Ruth", Gibson hit about 800 home runs in the 17 years he played, including 75 in the 1931 season. He played mostly for teams in and around Pittsburgh, including the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords. Gibson was inducted into the HOF in 1972.


November 2008

Sandy Alomar Jr. (2006 CHW) batting against Oakland. Sandy is the only Major League Catcher to have hit a home run in the Regular Season, the All-Star Game, the Division Series, the League Championship Series, and the World Series in the same year, which he accomplished in 1997 while playing for the Cleveland Indians.


October 2008

MVP and 13 Gold Glove & 7 Silver Slugger Awards winner Ivan Rodriguez and future Hall-Of-Famer whose career Slugging Average of .479 consisted of fifteen consecutive seasons (1993-2007) slugging over .400 is the best all-time among catchers.


September 2008

Hall Of Famer and two-time MVP winner Gordon Stanley "Mickey" Cochrane whose lifetime batting average of .320 is the best all-time among catchers. He also holds the catcher record for having eight years with an On-Base Percentage of .400 or more.


August 2008

Art Wilson (Arthur Earl "Dutch" Wilson), pictured in 1913 with the New York Giants, caught for 14 seasons (1908 to 1921) first with the Giants then with Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston and Cleveland.


July 2008

The only player to have hit a home run in his very first at-bat (September 12, 1986) and his first All-Star at-bat (July 12, 1988) was catcher Terry Steinbach, who played for 14 seasons (11 with Oakland & 3 with Minnesota).


June 2008

Mike Piazza (1992-2007) Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres & Oakland A's holds the catcher record for Most Career Home Runs with 427. He retired as, perhaps, the Greatest Offensive Catcher ever.


May 2008

Joe Torre, former catcher, as Manager of the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers is one of 114 ex-catchers who managed in the Major Leagues. He holds the record as having the HIGHEST CAREER WINS OVER EXPECTED (58.7). Joe also managed the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals and has a won/loss record of .539 (2081/1783). He won 4 World Series and holds 2 AL Championships.


April 2008

Brent Mayne (KC-A) holds onto the ball after tagging out Rafael Palmeiro (TEX) who tried to steal home in 2003.


March 2008

Hall Of Fame catcher Yogi Berra reeling in a difficult popup near home plate.


February 2008

Jason Kendall (PIT) easily tags out Jeromy Burnitz (COL) during 2004 action. Jason has over 10,000 putouts as a catcher in his career (thru 2007) good for 9th place all time. He can move into 5th place in 2008.


January 2008

Catching Base Stealing Champs (from left) Yadier Molina STL 2007 with a 54% CS Rate, Gus Triandos BAL All-Time Season Leader with a 66% CS Rate in 1957, and Roy Campanella All-Time Career Leader with a 57% CS Rate.




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