Originally Posted by dougdirt
but good hitters who can not embarrass themselves behind the plate play back there because it is a big advantage.
But that's not how you win championships. Example: In 1996, Joe Torre, one of the greatest offensive catchers who ever lived, was hired to manage the Yankees. At that time the Yankees had a catcher named Mike Stanley who was a big time 30 HR a year guy. But Torre insisted the Yankees not resign Stanley and instead get Joe Girardi who couldn't hit his way out of a paper bag. Why? 3 rings in the next 4 years. Torre knew catching was about so much more than being able to hit.