Originally written September 28, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
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Pop quiz time. Who was the last National League catcher to win the MVP award? Mike Piazza? Gary Carter? Nope....you have to go all the way back to 1972 when Johnny Bench won his second award in three seasons. And how about the last National League catcher to win the batting title? Get Piazza's name out of your head, everyone, you have to go all the way back before World War II to find that player: former Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Ernie Lombardi (Joe Torre had the highest batting average in 1971, but the former catcher was a third baseman at that time in his career). How is any of this relevant to the 2012 season in the National League? Well, two of the top contenders for the NL MVP award are catchers: Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, and Yadier Molina of the St Louis Cardinals. Posey also leads the NL in batting average (Melky Cabrera kerfluffle aside) by one point over Andrew McCutchen. Catching in the National League has been in a lull for years. Since Piazza fell from...
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