Originally Posted by Mutaman
1. Bench is in his own class.
2. Don't know anything about Jim Sunberg but the media will never reward great catchers except maybe for Fisk. How many HOF votes did Grote ever get?
3. Catching is about a lot more than solid defense and its not something you "work on" during the winter.
4. As long as Ryan is healthy he will catch everytime Arroyo, Cueto, and Latos pitch, no matter how well Mes is hitting.
1. Bench is in his own class because he did it with the stick too. It's not all about the glove.
2. Sundberg was every bit as good as Bench behind the plate, way better than Grote or Fisk.
3. It's not a magical ability and rest assured Ryan Hanigan over the years has done plenty of winter reps on his footwork, release and receiving, and watched tons of tape to improve his game handling. Mes is now doing the same.
4. He won't be catching all those games if Mes is whacking the ball.