Thurman Munson's Place Among Yankees' Catchers

32 years ago today, Thurman Munson died tragically when the plane he was piloting crashed during an attempted landing at an Ohio airport. Let’s take a look at his place in the Yankees catching annals, ranked using bWAR (Note: this portion of the post initially ran in May 2010): 1. Yogi Berra (61.8 WAR as Yankee) Yogi compiled 61.8 WAR over his 18 seasons with the Yankees, good enough to put him at #97 among all position players in terms of career value. His best season was likely 1956, in which he finished with 7.3 WAR, and had a batting Continue reading Thurman Munson's Place Among Yankees' Catchers

The Development Dilemma Posed By Jesus Montero

Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus ran an interesting post this week regarding the promotion of prospects. I strongly encourage that you click through and read it, as it provides some interesting data on how many innings or at-bats teams give to prospects before calling them up, and begins to examine whether prospect advancement strategies impact prospect performance. For the purposes of my post, I want to highlight one graph that I found to be very interesting: As you can see, catchers take the longest to become ready for Major League action. A lot of this likely has to do with Continue reading The Development Dilemma Posed By Jesus Montero

Callis On The Yankee Catching Depth

Jim Callis answered a number of questions regarding Yankee catching prospects in his ESPN chat today, and made some interesting points. Let’s break them down by player: Jesus Montero: I like the Piazza comp. That’s a lot to put on Montero, but he has that potential impact bat and that lackluster defense behind the plate. But the bat may be enough to not worry about his defensive inadequacies. Callis gets more specific on this point later in the chat: First base (Teixeira) and DH (a slew of older players) are locked up for a while, so catcher is still going Continue reading Callis On The Yankee Catching Depth

The Premium Position?

In this inaugural year of the new Yankee Stadium, I can’t help but have my thoughts run in a more historical direction than usual.  With Jorge coming back strong from his injury, it made me analyze how important he is to what the Yankees do and, more abstractedly, how important catchers have been to the Yankees, historically.  Everyone knows that the most hallowed spot in all of baseball, perhaps all of sports, is the Centerfielder for the New York Yankees, but is it possible that the catcher has been even more important for the Yanks throughout their gloried past? Look Continue reading The Premium Position?