I loved watching Mike Piazza hit. He took a lot of criticism over his defensive skills, he could really hit. He'll be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2013 and should be in on the first ballot. He spent his first 6 1/2 seasons with the LA Dodgers and eight more with the New York Mets.
That brings us to the discussion of were he stands all time. Is he the best catcher in Mets history? Was he the best catcher in Dodgers history? Gary Carter was Amazin' and is in the Hall of Fame already. Roy Campanella played only ten years, but was an 8x MLB All-Star and a 3x MVP. I say he's right behind Gary Carter and Roy Campanella as the #2 catcher for both teams.
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Where does Mike stack up against the greats like Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk, Ivan Rodriquez and Yogi Berra? I have him at #7 All-Time.
All Time Greatest MLB Catchers:
1) Yogi Berra
2) Johnny Bench
3) Roy Campabella
4) Ivan Rodriquez
5) Carlton Fisk
6) Gary Carter
7) Mike Piazza
Labels: Baseball Hall of Fame, Los Angeles LA Dodgers, Mike Piazza Hall of Fame, New York NY Mets