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Postby Lofunzo » Sun Feb 27, 2005 4:58 am

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kingctb27 wrote:Wow, your right....Piazza went in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft. Not bad for the best hitting catcher of all time....


You really think he is the best hitting catcher of all time?


I don't quite think so.......yet. It was funny. He was only drafted because Lasorda is his godfather. :-b
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Postby Cleveland Steamers » Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:05 am

who is a better hitting catcher? im pretty sure there are none. Piazza has hit like .315 for career and over 260 jacks. well better than any catcher in history. good luck putting up a fight for a better hitting catcher to ever play the game.
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Postby Lofunzo » Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:07 am

Cleveland Steamers wrote:who is a better hitting catcher? im pretty sure there are none. Piazza has hit like .315 for career and over 260 jacks. well better than any catcher in history. good luck putting up a fight for a better hitting catcher to ever play the game.


I just meant that I'm not ready to put him there yet in the sense that I would need to research it further. I love his career and he has to be 1 of the best value picks ever.
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Postby HOOTIE » Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:27 am

Piazza was the best. Yogi Berra was up there.

If you look at the history of the amatuer draft, you will be amazed at the selections. Guys like Mike Ivie and Paul Wilson as #1 picks, while Sandberg and Ripken were between the 17th -22nd rounds. Scouting has some merits, but you can still drive a truck through the holes.
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Postby giants8307 » Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:31 am

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Shitney™ wrote:i'm sure he means career mlb .. not college or whatever planet he came from

what was his pre-mlb career?

Well, I have no idea who he played for in the Dominican Republic.... :-?


I think he played at a JUCO in the states. I'll look it up...
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Postby giants8307 » Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:39 am

Yeah, Pujols moved to New york as a sophomore in high school and went to maple woods CC. He hit .461 with 22 homers his first year and was drafted by the cards in the 13th round.
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Postby wrveres » Sun Feb 27, 2005 7:08 am

SHOCKandAWE wrote:
kingctb27 wrote:Wow, your right....Piazza went in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft. Not bad for the best hitting catcher of all time....


You really think he is the best hitting catcher of all time?


Not a doubt in my mind. ;-D
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Postby Arlo » Sun Feb 27, 2005 9:54 am

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SHOCKandAWE wrote:
kingctb27 wrote:Wow, your right....Piazza went in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft. Not bad for the best hitting catcher of all time....


You really think he is the best hitting catcher of all time?


Not a doubt in my mind. ;-D

If we're purely talking about hitting per se, I'd probably still give the nod to Ernie Lombardi. :-)
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Postby FatGuyWithAMullet » Sun Feb 27, 2005 10:07 am

The three greatest offensive catchers in my mind are Mike Piazza, Roy Campanella, and Mickey Cochrane.
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Postby raiders_umpire » Sun Feb 27, 2005 11:34 am

nikku88 wrote:The baseball draft isn't like football or baseketball, many players don't develop until they are in the minors, so many top picks never make it and many great players are drafted late.
Wasn't Piazza drafted in the 60th round or something?



yea and Brien Taylor was the first pick overall in the early 90's and look how he turned out..... the baseball draft is much more of a crapshoot than football and basketball which is why the baseball draft is not televised and auditioned like the NBA and NFL drafts are on ESPN.......
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