Earlier today, I linked to my piece from June 2010 about Jorge Posada being a Hall of Fame player. Now, I’m going to do some more rough calculations using my positional averages. This will be a rough calculation again for time’s sake. I’ll also look at wRC+ and the other players a little more closely.
The position I’m going to compare Posada to is the position of Hall of Fame catcher. I’m going to take the rough average for the players–adding up their numbers and dividing, rather than compiling them to make a “true” average.
So our Hall of Famers had an average BA of .285, an average OBP of .363, and an average SLG of .444. Jorge Posada’s career line was .273/.374/.474. That puts Posada at 95/103/106 when his batting line is compared to the average Hall of Fame catcher. So, he’s basically a slightly above average hitter when compared to Hall of Fame catchers. That definitely bodes well for his case, but what I’ve done ignores the fact that these guys all come from different offensive eras. So, let’s look at how they stacked to the competition (non-position adjusted) by taking a look at wRC+. Ranking them from greatest to least, we end up with this list:
Mickey Cochrane: 133
Roger Bresnahan: 129
Bill Dickey: 127
Buck Ewing: 125
Johnny Bench: 125
Gabby Hartnett: 125
Yogi Berra: 124
Roy Campanella: 123
Jorge Posada: 123
Ernie Lombardi: 123
Carlton Fisk: 118
Gary Carter: 114
Rick Ferrell: 100
Ray Schalk: 89
If we average things out again, the average wRC+ of a Hall of Fame catcher is 119. Posada’s is 123. Using the “positional adjustment,” Jorge grades out as a 103. The median of the wRC+ marks is 123, which matches what Jorge has done for his career. Like the batting line, wRC+ seems to tell us that Jorge is right there when it comes to Hall of Fame catchers. From a purely numbers stand point, Jorge Posada is most definitely a Hall of Fame hitter.
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