One of the most fun debates in baseball has been who the best offensive Catchers of all time is. Some may say Johnny Bench, others Mickey Cochrane, some may say Yogi Berra or perhaps Gary Carter. We however think that Mike Piazza
might have the greatest claim to that title.
It is easy for us make that statement. The 1993 National League Rookie of the Year has a resume that has 427 Home Runs, a lifetime .306 Batting Average and a career OPS that puts him in the top fifty of all time. As for position dominance, Piazza won the coveted Silver Slugger ten straight seasons. The main blemish may be his defensive skills as ten times he let the league is Stolen Bases Allowed, but with a bat like his, it was often overlooked.
As Piazza is entering his first year of eligibility with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, it is possible that Piazza will be lumped in with them, as PED allegations (although to a lesser degree) has been thrown in the Catcher’s direction. What a year for the Hall of Fame vote!
Should Mike Piazza be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 87.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%