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Roy Campanella

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Fenway Park, Boston

All-Time Player Fielding - Career

Best Ever Fielding Catcher (1871-2016)



Catcher

Rank Name First Career
POS FV
LastYear CUM
GP
CUM
PO
CUM
A
CUM
E
CUM
FPCT
CUM
RF
CUM
CS%
1 Campanella Roy 2.0572 1957 1183 6520 550 85 0.988 5.98 0.574
2 Schalk Ray 2.0053 1929 1727 7168 1811 175 0.981 5.20 0.512
3 Hartnett Gabby 2.0010 1941 1793 7292 1254 139 0.984 4.77 0.561
4 Sundberg Jim 1.9878 1989 1927 9767 1007 81 0.993 5.59 0.407
5 Dickey Bill 1.9752 1946 1708 7965 954 108 0.988 5.22 0.466
6 Freehan Bill 1.9724 1976 1581 9941 721 72 0.993 6.74 0.368
7 Bench Johnny 1.9703 1983 1742 9249 850 97 0.990 5.80 0.432
8 Berra Yogi 1.9692 1965 1699 8738 798 110 0.989 5.61 0.486
9 Carter Gary 1.9686 1992 2056 11785 1203 121 0.991 6.32 0.347
10 Ausmus Brad 1.9659 2010 1938 12844 954 79 0.994 7.12 0.355
11 Killefer Bill 1.9631 1921 1005 4830 1319 148 0.976 6.12 0.482
12 Molina Yadier 1.9626 2016 1583 10472 843 62 0.995 7.15 0.417
13 Miller Damian 1.9546 2007 958 6697 509 35 0.995 7.52 0.365
14 Cochrane Mickey 1.9532 1937 1451 6414 840 111 0.985 5.00 0.394
15 Pena Tony 1.9532 1997 1950 11212 1045 117 0.991 6.29 0.339
16 Zimmer Chief 1.9507 1903 1239 4883 1580 328 0.952 5.22 0.436
17 Roseboro Johnny 1.9455 1970 1476 9291 675 107 0.989 6.75 0.418
18 Schreckengost Ossie 1.9451 1908 687 4142 869 144 0.972 7.29 0.439
19 Scioscia Mike 1.9411 1992 1395 8335 737 114 0.988 6.50 0.339
20 Parrish Lance 1.9394 1995 1818 9647 980 94 0.991 5.85 0.382


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    Whose Number One at Catcher


    1. Roy Campanella (1948-1957)

    He was on his way to one of the most remarkable careers for a catcher in history, and even though it ended before it should have, he still had one. And not only behind the plate. Campanella hit 242 HR, knocked in 856 runs, and had an OBP of 0.360. He was the MVP of the league three times and an All-Star every year except his first and last. But this really isn't a Troy vs. Ozzie situation at the top of the fielding list. Campanella started out as an old rookie, 26 years of age, and his career ended at the age of 35. So at most you can say, he missed a few likely poorer statistical years at the beginning. His range was grand, arm strong, and glove plus arm accurate. We know it's not the greatest tool to state due to dependence on the type of staff, of which Campanella caught a very good one, but his Range Factor was 56 points higher than the league average, and a good part of that had to do with Campanella.


Fielding Ratings in the Stat Geek Baseball PEVA system are meant to give a grade that relates to value for payroll purposes. A player with a low amount of innings played at a position may be rated lower for that purpose, but be a better defensive player. They would be rated higher in the PEVA/FV system with higher innings played, but their FV is lower due to lack of use.

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