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A Poor Man's Mike Piazza
With baseball season almost upon us, I've been tooling aroung Baseball Refernce. I made up a list of the top 25 players at each position ranked by what I'm calling average WAR. I just took a players total WAR and divided by the number of years played. I saw some intersting names on these lists.

So my question is who do you think is the most underrated catcher of all time.
You can pick from my list or choose your own that I may have missed.
(Those with short attention spans can stop reading here)



If this gets a decent response I'll do a poll for each position.

Here is my top 25 catcher all time by average WAR adjusted for 162 since earlier players played fewer games. with the regular counting stats and ops+ to compare them to their contemporaries. and my version of peak WAR. The best 5 consecutive seasons.

Name yrs ops+ slash hits hr rbi runs sb aWAR aWAR adj pWAR pWAR adj
Charlie Bennett 15 119 .256/.340/.387 978 55 533 549 42 2.4800 6.1 4.20 7.9
Johnny Bench 17 126 .267/.342/.476 2048 389 1376 1091 68 4.2529 5.9 6.32 7.0
Buck Ewing 18 129 .303/.351/.456 1625 71 883 1129 354 2.5389 5.7 3.70 7.2
Gene Tenace 15 136 .241/.388/.429 1060 201 674 653 36 2.9533 5.7 4.82 6.1
Mickey Cochrane 13 129 .320/.419/.478 1652 119 832 1041 64 3.7615 5.6 5.20 6.4
Gary Carter 19 115 .262/.335/.439 2092 324 1225 1025 39 3.4947 5.3 6.50 7.6
Bill Dickey 17 127 .313/.382/.486 1969 202 1209 930 36 3.0824 5.3 4.68 6.2
Thurman Munson 11 116 .292/.348/.410 1558 113 701 696 48 3.9364 5.3 5.10 5.8
Roger Bresnahan 17 126 .279/.386/.377 1252 26 530 682 212 2.3000 5.2 4.12 6.2
Mike Piazza 16 143 .308/.377/.545 2127 427 1335 1048 17 3.5063 5.2 5.96 7.5
Gabby Hartnett 20 126 .297/.370/.489 1912 236 1179 867 28 2.5350 5.0 3.80 5.7
Yogi Berra 19 125 .285/.348/.482 2150 358 1430 1175 30 2.9526 4.9 5.06 5.9
Ernie Lombardi 17 126 .306/.358/.460 1792 190 990 601 8 2.5647 4.9 3.42 5.5
Roy Campanella 10 123 .276/.360/.500 1161 242 856 627 25 3.1600 4.8 4.88 6.4
Chris Hoiles 10 119 .262/.366/.467 739 151 449 415 5 2.2100 4.8 3.52 5.7
Carlton Fisk 24 117 .269/.341/.457 2356 376 1330 1276 128 2.6542 4.7 4.38 6.5
Wally Schang 19 117 .284/.393/.401 1506 59 710 769 121 2.1789 4.7 3.24 5.7
Smokey Burgess 18 116 .295/.362/.446 1318 126 673 485 13 1.7333 4.6 2.7 5.0
Jorge Posada 17 121 .273/.374/.474 1664 275 1065 900 20 2.2941 4.6 4.32 5.5
Jack Clements 17 117 .287/.348/.421 1231 77 687 619 55 1.7647 4.6 3.34 6.2
Ivan Rodriguez 21 106 .296/.334/.464 2844 311 1332 1354 127 3.0333 4.5 5.76 6.8
Joe Torre 18 129 .297/.365/452 2342 252 1185 996 23 3.0111 4.5 4.88 5.9
Tom Haller 12 114 .257/.340/.414 1011 134 504 461 14 2.2917 4.5 3.34 4.8
Bill Freehan 15 112 .262/.340/.412 1591 200 758 706 24 2.7533 4.4 4.18 5.3
Darrell Porter 17 113 .247/.354/.409 1369 188 826 765 39 2.2235 4.2 3.44 5.0


| Closed on 04/22/13 at 12:00AM
FanIQ Pts? No | MLB | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
Team Breakout:
8 Fans 
0%a. Charlie Bennett
38%b. Gene Tenace
0%c. Chris Hoiles
0%d. Wally Schang
0%e. Jack Clements
0%f. Tom Haller
38%g. Darrell Porter
25%h. Other

  
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Pudge was in a class alone when he played, year in year out, Gold Glove and All Star
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