thedude wrote:I believe the biggest knock on Simmons was always his defense. He couldn't really throw out any base stealers after his first couple years in the league.
Simmons career CS% is .315 not great but not bad. The aforementioned great defense of Gary Carter yielded a .323 career CS% and Fisk's career CS% is .307.
His FLD% is comparable to Carter and Fisk too. In fact the on real knock I see on his defense is that he had a lot of PB.
This is too simple of an argument looking at the numbers you want to look at.
Carter played 2056 games as a catcher, Simmons played 1771 games as a catcher. Carter had 11785 putouts as a catcher. Simmons had 8906. That means Carter averaged 5.73 putouts per game while Simmons averaged only 5.03 putouts per game.
Carter also had 1203 assists in his career. Simmons had 915 in his career. That comes out to a .58 per game average for Carter and .52 average for Simmons.
Carter only had 121 errors in his career at catcher. Simmons had 130. That means Carter average 9.53 errors per 162 games at catcher, while Simmons averaged 11.9 errors per 162 games.
Carter was involved in 149 double plays in his career and Simmons was involved in 104 DPs. Thus, Carter averaged 11.7 DPs per 162 and Simmons averaged 9.5.
Carter's range factor for his career at catcher was 6.32 while the league average was 5.48. Simmons was at 5.55 while the league was at 5.34. For poops and giggles, Pudge's range factor is 6.55, but league average is 5.91.
Carter allowed only 84 passed balls, while Simmons allowed 182. Therefore, Carter allowed only 6.6 passed balls per 162 games. Simmons allowed 16.6 passed balls per 162.
Carter won 3 gold globes (80, 81, 82). Simmons has none.
It's not even remotely close.