‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada
For this week’s head-to-head battle, I wanted to match up two of the best catchers in the game over the last 30 years. So, why not find two guys that were employed pretty close to each other as well?
This week’s match-up is Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada!!!
Both men were fan favorites in New York , though Carter was also beloved in Montreal as a result of playing there for 10 seasons.
And there numbers are pretty comparable.
Have a look:
|Gary Carter||Jorge Posada|
|% Of Games Caught||0.89547038||0.860579552|
Here are the things that standout most for me:
- Posada’s number of postseason appearances – 15 in 17 seasons
- Carter’s hit tally is close to 400 more than Posada’s
- Home run edge goes to Carter (bit of a surprise)
- Doubles are extremely close
- Posada has a good lead in the batting average battle
- Carter was more productive from a run scoring and run producing standpoint
- Posada’s 4 WS titles is impressive
Well, I have to say that when I first chose these two players to put against one another, I thought that the numbers would have been a lot closer.
But to be blunt, Gary Carter is a more accomplished player. His tally of hits, home runs, runs scored, and RBI is well above Posada’s. And his selection to 11 All-Star Games and Gold Glove Awards puts him on another level as well.
The lone area in which Posada eclipses Carter is in the postseason. And while that is a team accomplishment, being a starter on a team with so much success has to mean something. And for me, it means quite a bit!!
But, is it enough to put him with an overall higher ranking than Gary Carter??
For me, ‘No’. Carter was too consistent and his numbers are a step below elite for catchers. Posada is a step or two behind Carter on all major offensive statistics except for batting average and on-base percentage. But that is not enough for me to give him the nod over Carter. And while I am extremely impressed with the consistency at which Posada and the Yankees appeared in the postseason, it could also be said that Posada happened to be in the right place at the right time.
So, what do you think? Who do you take in the match-up of Gary Carter VS Jorge Posada???