Originally posted on Baseball Musings  |  Last updated 1/9/12
Chris Jaffe provides a timeline of the career of Jorge Posada. I’m somewhat surprised at how poorly Posada ranks against the game’s great catchers in terms of WAR. Johnny Bench 71.3 Ivan Rodriguez 67.3 Carlton Fisk 67.3 Gary Carter 66.3 Yogi Berra 61.9 Mike Piazza 59.1 Bill Dickey 54.4 Mickey Cochrane 51.2 Ted Simmons 50.4 Gabby Hartnett 50.3 Jorge Posada 44.7 Ernie Lombardi 39.0 Roy Campanella 36.2 The problem was his defense. According to Baseball Reference, Jorge owns a -3 WAR defensively. If that were a +3, he’d be over 50 and probably make the Hall. I’m not sure he’ll make it with the 44.7 mark. Part of the problem was the era in which he played. The high run scoring of the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000 devalues his offensive contributions compared to Gary Carter or Johnny Bench. If you believe that the high offense of that era was mostly due to PED use, than maybe Jorge needs a bit of a boost for not being sullied by accusations of steroid use.
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