• Thurman Munson Was The 4th Greatest Catcher In Baseball History

    Posted by on August 20th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    Well, he was if you look at it this way.

    Comments on Thurman Munson Was The 4th Greatest Catcher In Baseball History

    1. Evan3457
      August 20th, 2011 | 11:20 am

      Slightly deceptive, as most of the other catchers on the list, except Camapanella, were allowed to play through their decline phases, whereas Thurman died in the middle of his.

      Still very revealing, especially the total WAR listing, in which Thurman is still a more than respectable 13th, despite a relatively short career (13th in WAR, 54th in games played at catcher).

    2. KPOcala
      August 20th, 2011 | 12:54 pm

      @ Evan3457: Evan, as I recall there was serious question as to how much more catching Munson was going to moving forward. I remember reading at the time that he had painful cysts behind his knees and other assorted wear and tear injuries. More likely he would have had to change positions.

    3. 77yankees
      August 20th, 2011 | 2:36 pm

      Thurman was signed through 1981, and he did play 1B his final few games of his career, so it was more than likely his career as a catcher was over. Given they traded Chris Chambliss in the following off season, perhaps he would have been the every day 1B in 1980 rather than the Yankees signing Bob Watson.

    4. Evan3457
      August 20th, 2011 | 10:43 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      @ Evan3457: Evan, as I recall there was serious question as to how much more catching Munson was going to moving forward. I remember reading at the time that he had painful cysts behind his knees and other assorted wear and tear injuries. More likely he would have had to change positions.

      Exactly. His cumulative WAR would have increased very slowly, if at all, and therefore, his WAR/game played number would’ve dropped. That’s my point above

    5. Raf
      August 21st, 2011 | 11:09 am

      77yankees wrote:

      Given they traded Chris Chambliss in the following off season, perhaps he would have been the every day 1B in 1980 rather than the Yankees signing Bob Watson.

      I don’t know about that. Steinbrenner loved signing players no matter who he had on the roster. I think Munson would’ve spent most of 1980 behind the plate as well.

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