MSG has a new show premiering this Tuesday, March 23rd at 10:30 PM called “The Lineup”, where a panel of experts rank the top 5 players at each position in the fine history of New York baseball. This Tuesday’s episode will rank the top 5 catchers. You can check out the link here, and on the website, you can rank your top 5 and see how you stack up and win prizes. Here are our picks for the top 5 New York catchers of all time.

  1. Yogi Berra – New York Yankees (1946-1963), New York Mets (1965)
    Yogi is the undeniable #1. Not only is he the best catcher in the history of New York, he is also arguably the best catcher in the history of baseball. He was a 15-time All-Star, 13-time World Series Champion, a 3-time AL MVP, and was named to the MLB All-Century Team.
    Career Stats: .285 BA, 358 HRs, 1430 RBIs
  2. Roy Campanella – Brooklyn Dodgers (1948-1957)
    Campanella was instrumental in the breaking of baseball’s color barrier. After playing in the Negro and Mexican Leagues, As a Brooklyn Dodger, Roy was an 8-time All Star selection, a 3-time NL MVP, and won a World Series in 1955.
    Career Stats: .276 BA, 242 HRs, 856 RBIs
    Reason he’s not higher: Yogi – 10, Roy – 1
  3. Mike Piazza – New York Mets (1998-2005)
    Although Piazza will ultimately go to the Hall of Fame as a Los Angeles Dodger, in 8 years as a Met, he put up some of the most impressive numbers baseball has ever seen as a catcher. In Queens, Piazza was an All-Star seven out of the eight seasons he was there. Also, he won the Silver Slugger Award five times with the Mets.
    Career Stats: .308 BA, 427 HRs, 1335 RBIs
    Reason he’s not higher: As I previously mentioned, he will be known as a Los Angeles Dodger. Also, he appeared in one World Series and has no rings.
  4. Jorge Posada – New York Yankees (1996-Present)
    Jorge Posada was the backbone of the New York Yankee teams that won four World Series’ in five years. In the decade of the 2000’s, Posada has been the best offensive catcher, as well as an instrumental part of working with younger Yankee pitchers. Posada is a 5-time All-Star, a 5-time World Series Champion, and a 5-time Silver Slugger Award winner.
    Career Stats: .277 BA, 243 HRs, 964 RBIs
    Why he’s not higher: He was a key part, but not the key part in the past five Yankee World Series.
  5. Thurman Munson – New York Yankees (1969-1979)
    It’s hard to imagine how much higher Munson would have been if it were not for his tragic death at age 32. In ten seasons, he was a 7-time All-Star, a 2-time World Series Champion, a 3-time Gold Glover, the 1976 AL MVP, and the 1970 AL Rookie of the Year. Also, he was one of 14 Yankee captains, and the first since the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig.
    Career Stats: .292 BA, 113 HRs, 701 RBIs
    Why he’s not higher: His career was cut at least 8 years short.
  6. Elston Howard – New York Yankees (1955-1967) (Honorable mention)
    It’s hard to leave the first black Yankee of the list, especially one with the credentials of Howard, winning 4 World Series and winning the 1963 AL MVP.
    Career Stats: .274 BA, 167 HRs, 762 RBIs
    Why he’s not higher:
    Although he was an MVP, he was never a true catcher until later in his career.

Here’s our list, don’t forget to post yours on MSG’s website to see how you stack up with the experts!