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Joe Mauer and the best Catchers in baseball

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Apr 17 2012 @ 2:36 pm In MLB | No Comments

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Over the last few years we’ve seen a changing of the guard at the catching position.

But this season, it’s about two guys trying to bounce back from injury-plagued 2011s.

Joe Mauer underwent offseason knee surgery in December of 2010 and was soon placed on the disabled list when 2011 began with a condition entitled “bilateral leg weakness.”

The hometown star , who inked an eight-year $184 million contract extension in March of 2010, set career lows in batting average (.287), home runs (3) and RBI (30) last season.

Suddenly the murmurs in Minnesota became drastically louder. Was the contract worth it?

Buster Posey is the everyday catcher again in San Francisco after suffering a brutal left leg injury while attempting to block home plate in a violent collision with Scott Cousins of the then Florida Marlins.

He broke his fibula and tore three ligaments in his ankle.

This year, Posey’s been advised by manager Bruce Bochy not to protect home plate.

Smart move.

  1. Joe Mauer (Min) 8.75
  2. Brian McCann (Atl) 8.5
  3. Buster Posey (SF) 8.25
  4. Matt Wieters (Bal) 8
  5. Yadier Molina (Stl) 8
  6. Miguel Montero (Ari) 8
  7. Carlos Santana (Cle) 7.75
  8. Carlos Ruiz (Phi) 7.5
  9. Alex Avila (Det) 7.5
  10. Mike Napoli (Tex) 7.25
  11. Russell Martin (NYY) 7.25
  12. Geovany Soto (ChC) 7.25
  13. Wilson Ramos (Was) 7.25
  14. Kurt Suzuki (Oak) 7.25
  15. J.P. Arencibia (Tor) 7.25
  16. A.J. Pierzynski (ChW) 7.25
  17. Chris Iannetta (LAA) 7.25
  18. Nick Hundley (SD) 7.25
  19. Ramon Hernandez (Col) 7.25
  20. John Buck (Mia) 7.25
  21. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Bos) 7
  22. Devin Mesoraco (Cin) 7
  23. Jonathan Lucroy (Mil) 7
  24. Josh Thole (NYM) 7
  25. Rod Barajas (Pit) 7
  26. Miguel Olivo (Sea) 7
  27. Jose Molina (TB) 7
  28. Humberto Quintero (KC) 7
  29. A.J. Ellis (LAD) 7
  30. Jason Castro (Hou) 7

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