Yankee715 wrote:And if you want to talk about bad defensive catchers Piazza has to be the worst of them all.
I'd rather have Piazza behind the plate for almost any purpose OTHER than throwing out baserunners!!! (Which unfortunately is the most visible part of defensive catching)
When it comes to calling a game, blocking the plate from a runner headed for home, blocking wild pitches, and handling a pitching staff, Piazza is hugely better than I-Rod, Javy or Posada (or just about any other active player)!!!! I-Rod falls asleep during pitcher/cacther meetings, has no idea what pitches his pitchers throw, and calls fastball after fastball after fastball with runners on just so he can inflate his throwout numbers. Posada has so many passed balls in a season, you would think he's afraid of the ball. And Javy is such a crappy defensive catcher that Maddux refuses to pitch to him and Glavine, while a Brave, only pitched to him under protest.
The only reason that it is now a good idea for Piazza to move to first is that catching is now starting to take its toll on Piazza and his offensive capabilities.
Obviously, Piazza's numbers at throwing out runners stealing second suck. But anyone who thinks this automatically means he's a crappy defensive catcher is an idiot who doesn't know baseball.
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