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See My Vote for MSG’s Top Five NY Catchers

By Mike Silva ~ March 23rd, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva.

MSG kicks off their new show “The Lineup” tonight at 10:30 PM

The show is a new original series and interactive fantasy game that will determine the best baseball players in the history of New York. Tonight’s episode will be the first of ten 30 minute installments and will look at the catching position.

As I mentioned during my piece on Roy Campanella, New Yorker’s have been treated to some of the best receivers in the game (unfortunately Joe Mauer will not be one of them). Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Gary Carter, Mike Piazza, and Thurman Munson are among some of the best catchers the game has ever seen.

Fran Healy will host a panel, consisting of Hall of Fame Mets catcher Gary Carter, former Yankee bullpen ace Sparky Lyle, New York Magazine contributing editor and baseball aficionado Will Leitch, and executive vice president of the Elias Sports Bureau Steve Hirdt.

Fans will get to vote by going to the MSG’s website and pick their top five at each position, including the best all time.

I registered and selected the following for the catching position:

1. Yogi Berra

2. Roy Campanella

3. Gary Carter

4. Mike Piazza

5. Bill Dickey

The reason I picked Berra was because I think he sustained the best performance on both sides of the ball. From ages 25-31 he put up an OPS+ of 134, hit .295 with 191 homers, and threw out well over 50% of base runners. Piazza is the greatest hitting catcher of all time, but his defense puts him behind Campanella and Carter as well. I seriously considered voting for Campanella over Berra, but Yogi had a longer string of excellence. I had Munson just outside the top five, again because of a shortened career.

This seems like a fun idea put forth by the folks at MSG. With the demise of the Knicks and Rangers the network has kind of fallen off the map, especially during baseball season. Maybe this will get them back in the game (no pun intended) during a time when there will be no hockey or basketball playoff games at The Garden.

By the way, Leitch is a Cardinals fan, does he knows that Tony Pena, Yadier Molina, and Tom Pagnozzi don’t count?

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4 Responses to See My Vote for MSG’s Top Five NY Catchers

  1. Stu Baron

    Obviously Leitch knows that Molina, Pagnozzi, Pena don’t count – they weren’t on the list!

  2. Zac

    I had Berra, Campanella, Piazza, Posada, and Dickey.

    I thought Carter hadn’t played enough in New York.

  3. Mike Silva


    That is an interesting way of looking at it. You can certainly make the argument for Posada considering Carter was more productive his Montreal days.

  4. Stu Baron

    But Carter had his last 2 really good years in ’85 and ’86 and won his only World Series title with the Stems…

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