Originally written on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Catcher has never been the most talented position on the field, often times filled with a player who has a focus on working with pitchers and defense rather than offense. In Indians history, there have been many popular and long tenured catchers, including the position player with the most years in a Tribe uniform in Indians history.  10. Harry Bemis - Years Starting Catcher - 1902-06 Bemis was Cleveland's first long-term catcher, coming in the franchises second season and staying for the next decade. Over that time, Bemis played well for a catcher, but started a trend for the Naps/Indians that continued through the next century with catcher being the weakest offensive position on the team. 9. Steve O'Neill - 1913-23 O'Neill had the longest non-injury marred carreer of any Indians catcher, but simply wasn't very good. In a day of high batting averages and little power, he had neither, batting just .265 over his career with 11 home runs in more than 1,300 games played. O'Neill was a pitcher-first catcher, calling a great game for the first Indians team to win a World Series in 1920. O'Neill, Sewell and Myatt are all tied for tenth for longest career as an Indian. 8. Joe Azcue - 1964, 1965-67 Azcue was one of the shortest tenured catchers on the list, but hit a surprising amount of home runs compared to his longer termed counterparts. While he is the worst on the list at hitting doubles, Azcue hit so many home runs that he comes in fifth in slugging percent. His .266 average is average among Indians catchers while his counting stats are hard to compare due to his short career. 7. Frankie Pytlak - 1934, 1936-38 Pytlak took over for Sewell in 1934 and started on and off until he was ultimately replaced by Rollie Hemsley in 1940. His .286 batting average over that time is the second best as an Indians catcher in team history, but most of his hits were singles, hurting his power and production numbers. Pytlak played less than 700 games with the team, placing him seventh among catchers when considering time spent with the Tribe. 6. Luke Sewell - 1926-32 Sewell started the early 1920's as the Indians back-up catcher, behind Glenn Myatt, but quickly passed him and was the starter for the rest of his time with the team. Sewell played a very long time with the Tribe, but was never that successful at making contact. His most impressive numbers are his high RBI and run totals for a catcher. 5. Johnny Romano - 1960-62, 1964 Romano was one of the Indians few power hitting catchers and, like many others, stuggled hitting for a high average. In 1962 Romano was the top offensive player on the team with 25 home runs and 81 RBI. Late in his career he was replaced as starter by Azcue, but he continued to produce as the back-up catcher. 4. Ray Fosse - 1970-72, 1976-77 Fosse could have easily been number one on this list had it not been for the 1970 All-Star game. Pete Rose barrelled into Fosse, separating his shoulder, after which his numbers drastically dropped. Even still, Fosse hit 50 home runs as an Indian and won two Gold Gloves. 3. Jim Hegan - 1947-56 Hegan was the longest tenured batter in Indians history, playing in Cleveland for 14 seasons (like the longest tenured pitcher, Bob Feller, Hegan took three years off for military service). He is just one of four catchers to hit at least 90 home runs and leads all Indians catchers in career RBI. Hegan was most famous for working with pitchers during his time, like Feller, Bob Lemon and Mike Garcia.  2. Sandy Alomar, Jr. - 1990, 1992-98, 2000 Alomar was the star catcher for the powerful Indians teams of the 1990's. As an Indian he won the Rookie of the Year, a Gold Glove and made six All-Star teams. He ranks second all time among catchers in home runs and doubles, despite playing in almost 600 less games than the longest tenured catcher. Like many others on this list, Alomar battled injuries his whole career, and only played in 100 or more games during four seasons of his entire career. 1. Victor Martinez - 2004-07, 2009 Martinez didn't stick around as long as some of the other catchers on the list, but he still managed to become the first Indians catcher to break 100 home runs and holds the record for highest batting average by an Indians catcher. Martinez was so good offensively, that the team started using him at first base on his off days towards the end of his time in Cleveland to keep his bat in the lineup.   Player G R H 2B HR RBI AVG OBP SLG OPS Victor Martinez 821 413 900 191 103 518 .297 .369 .463 .832 Sandy Alomar 985 416 944 194 92 453 .277 .315 .419 .734 Jim Hegan 1526 526 1026 171 90 499 .230 .295 .349 .644 Ray Fosse 600 219 549 77 50 230 .269 .323 .385 .708 Johnny Romano 580 261 498 83 91 294 .263 .355 .461 .816 Luke Sewell 978 381 829 171 8 386 .259 .309 .342 .651 Frankie Pytlak 676 278 582 77 5 232 .286 .356 .366 .722 Joe Azcue 594 141 506 64 45 229 .266 .313 .378 .691 Steve O'Neill 1365 394 1109 220 11 458 .265 .340 .341 .681 Harry Bemis 704 214 569 92 5 234 .255 .284 .329 .613 Borderline: Glenn Myatt, Ron Hassey, Carlos Santana, Duke Sims, Kelly Shoppach
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Wrigley Field bleacher renovation may be delayed

Yankees wanted Rollins but Phillies' price was too high

Pop misses game for medical reasons; Messina takes over

John Beilein upset with ESPN for late start time to game

Tyson Chandler felt like Knicks' scapegoat at times

Fred Jackson has 'no respect' for Donte Whitner

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Devon Still responds to unpaid child support allegations

Diamondbacks sign Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas

Josh Gordon felt alienated by some in Browns organization

Jerry Jones: I'm a big admirer of Robert Griffin III

Raiola fined for uneccesarily striking Pats' Zach Moore

Report: Michigan keeping Jim Hackett on as athletic director

Steelers turned down chance to be called 'America's Team'

Report: Small chance Raiders-Rams could be moved to Indy

Todd Gurley begins rehab after surgery on knee for torn ACL

Brodeur to practice with Blues

OSU player posts Michigan player's girlfriend as his 'WCW'

Jim Harbaugh's family may not eat turkey thanks to NBC

Ole Miss' The Grove threatened by Mississippi State fan

Is it time for the Redskins to move on from Robert Griffin III?

Top 10 fantasy football turkeys for 2014

WATCH: Coyotes lose in ugly fashion, score own goal in OT

Warriors are having tons of fun on team plane

Jenn Sterger hints she'll be back in her FSU cowgirl gear for game

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Wrigley renovation may be delayed

Steelers could have been America's Team

John Beilein upset with ESPN

Should Washington move on from RG3?

Dominic Raiola fined for cheap shots

Game of the week: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Rose leaves with injury again

WATCH: Pierce signs for fan during game

Report: McCoy to start over RG3

Braxton Miller headed to Oregon?

10 most one-sided college football rivalries

Pierce: C's Big Three like 'Holy Trinity'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.