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25 Years of Red Sox: C

During the World-Series and Off-Season, I will be looking back over the past 25 years (1988-2013) at the seasons put up by Red Sox players at each position. I'll be including starters and back-ups with 20 minimum games appeared at that position. We start here with:

25 Years of Red Sox: Catchers (C)

YEAR NAME G wOBA wRC+ DEF WAR CWAR
1988 Rich Gedman 93 0.289 77 10.9 1.3
Rick Cerone 83 0.313 92 2.1 1.0
1989 Rich Gedman 91 0.260 57 2.5 -0.3 1.0
Rick Cerone 97 0.305 86 2.0 0.8 1.8
1990 Tony Pena 142 0.305 84 8.1 1.5
John Marzano 32 0.261 54 1.4 -0.1
1991 Tony Pena 140 0.280 66 10.9 0.7
John Marzano 48 0.269 59 2.9 0.1 0.0
1992 Tony Pena 132 0.271 60 6.4 0.0
John Flaherty 34 0.211 20 1.3 -0.3 -0.3
1993 Tony Pena 125 0.233 82 8.2 -1.1 1.1
Bob Melvin 76 0.252 44 -0.9 -0.8 -0.8
1994 Damon Berryhill 67 0.318 82 -2.0 0.0 0.0
Rich Rowland 39 0.333 91 1.5 0.4 0.4
Dave Valle 28 0.232 57 -0.6 -0.6 -0.6
1995 Mike Macfarlane 111 0.323 86 2.8 0.9 0.9
Bill Haselman 48 0.319 84 3.1 0.4
1996 Mike Stanley 105 0.385 122 -9.3 2.1 2.1
Bill Haselman 69 0.333 90 4.5 1.0
1997 Scott Hatteburg 106 0.348 105 -4.4 1.1
Bill Haselman 66 0.296 71 -0.4 -0.2 1.2
1998 Scott Hatteburg 108 0.352 107 4.2 2.2
Jason Varitek 75 0.312 81 -0.8 0.1
1999 Jason Varitek 140 0.347 101 4.7 2.2
Scott Hatteburg 23 0.364 112 -0.6 0.4
2000 Jason Varitek 128 0.325 86 8.1 1.5
Scott Hatteburg 48 0.351 103 -8.9 0.1
2001 Scott Hatteburg 72 0.305 82 -15.9 -1.2 2.6
Doug Mirabelli 52 0.370 125 3.2 1.4
Jason Varitek 50 0.365 122 4.7 1.7
2002 Jason Varitek 127 0.319 91 13.0 2.3
Doug Mirabelli 50 0.318 90 4.9 0.8
2003 Jason Varitek 137 0.363 120 9.9 3.8
Doug Mirabelli 55 0.325 94 1.6 0.5
2004 Jason Varitek 130 0.375 125 8.0 4.1
Doug Mirabelli 53 0.383 130 -0.2 0.9
2005 Jason Varitek 130 0.369 124 3.3 3.3
Doug Mirabelli 43 0.317 89 1.1 0.3
2006 Jason Varitek 99 0.312 81 4.1 0.7
Doug Mirabelli 57 0.267 51 1.3 -0.6
2007 Jason Varitek 125 0.345 105 7.1 2.5
Doug Mirabelli 46 0.284 64 2.3 0.0 3.3
2008 Jason Varitek 131 0.301 76 9.4 0.8
Kevin Cash 57 0.290 68 3.6 0.3 0.3
2009 Jason Varitek 108 0.307 77 4.2 0.2
George Kottaras 39 0.305 75 1.0 0.0 0.0
Victor Martinez 33 0.399 138 -2.4 1.6
2010 Victor Martinez 110 0.364 122 4.3 3.5 5.1
Jason Varitek 39 0.325 96 3.6 0.6
2011 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 101 0.319 95 4.7 1.6
Jason Varitek 68 0.319 95 -0.2 0.4 31.4
2012 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 104 0.319 96 5.5 1.9
Kelly Shoppach 46 0.343 113 5.1 1.2 1.2
2013 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 119 0.349 117 7.3 3.6 7.1
David Ross 36 0.304 86 5.8 0.9 0.9

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Top Overall Seasons: Jason Varitek's 2004 reigns as the top season by WAR at 4.1, followed closely by Varitek's own 2003 season where he posted a 3.8 WAR. Salty's 2013 campaign comes in 3rd best at 3.6 WAR, just nudging out Victor Martinez's 2010 mark of 3.5.

Top Offensive Seasons: Using wRC+, Varitek's 2004-2005 campaigns come in at 125 & 124 respectively while Martinez's 2012 and Mike Stanley's 1996 both come is at 122.

Top Defensive Seasons: Varitek's 2002 stands above the rest with a 13 Defensive Rating followed up by Tony Pena's 1991 and Rich Gedman's 1988 marks of 10.9 DR.

Worst Seasons: You gotta love the early 90's. In 1992 Tony Pena and John Flaherty combined for a -0.3 WAR while in the strike-shortened 1994 Boston's three-headed backstop of Berryhill-Rowland-Valle managed a nifty -0.2 among them, but that pales in comparison to the 1993 combo of Tony Pena and now manager Bob Melvin who, together, put up an astounding -1.9 WAR.

Top Backup: This award has to go to Doug Mirabelli who in 2001 put up a 1.4 WAR then followed that up with 0.8, 0.5 and 0.9 WAR seasons as the prime backup backstop. Mirabelli was a strong defensive catcher and was no slouch with the bat.

Worst Defensive Catcher: This has, hands down, got to be Scott Hatteburg. In 2001 Hatteburg's DR was -15.9 leading to a -1.2 WAR, luckily that year the Sox wised up and traded for Doug Mirabelli along with giving at bats to a young minor leaguer named Jason Varitek. Hatteburg also posted a -8.9 as a backup catcher in 2000.

Average Seasons: 10 of 25 (40%)

Above Average Seasons: 1 of 25 (4%)

Star Seasons: 0 of 25 (0%)

Notes: Two current managers (Bob Melvin and Eric Wedge) saw time at catcher for the Sox over the past 25 years. Throw in bench coach Tony Pena and that makes three active coaches.

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Top Red Sox Catcher of the Past 25 Years: Jason Varitek

This call was about as easy as I anticipate 2B, SS, LF and DH will be. Varitek was a complete catcher having both the bat and the defensive pedigree. He is clearly heads above anyone else in WAR bringing in a total of 31.4. He was an integral part of the Sox resurgence in the 2000's as well as part of both the 2004 and 2007 W.S. teams. Thank You Mariners!

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