I see that I have some support for my campaign to convince the baseball people at the Cubs that catching is too important a position to sacrifice quality on the defensive side for offensive numbers.
More specifically, that calling a good game and blocking balls in the dirt effectively are by far the most important factors in a catcher. More important than throwing out base stealers. And far, far more important than hitting.
Mike at badnewscubs.wordpress.com is more knowledgeable on this subject than I. He even emailed Barry Rozner, whose stuff I then lifted for one of my “Why Michael Barrett Sucks” posts. Which I then quoted in a comment back to Mike in this post. Heh. Quite an echo chamber we’ve got going on there.
So it’s good to know others are getting frustrated by this, just like I am. ;^)
My previous posts in the “Why Michael Barrett Sucks” vein are:
- I’m Sorry, Jim Hendry, But Jason Kendall is NOT a Good Catcher
- The Value of a Good Catcher
- Stats: Telling the Story, or Hiding It?
- Cubs Get a Clue, Trade Offensive Catcher for Defensive Catcher
It’s looking like I may need to start a “Why Jason Kendall Sucks” category. Lou? Jim? Maybe there is something that we’re missing, and maybe Jason Kendall really is an improvement over either Koyie Hill or Rob Bowen, but I’d love to hear it, and see the stats breakdown that backs it up.