Re: Is Jason Varitek a Hall of Famer?
posted at 7/7/2011 12:12 AM EDT
"Tek was the captain of two world championship teams and will probably be captain of a third this season. how many catchers can claim 3 wolrd championships plus have his pitch calling ability plus his power numbers.......please, name just one."
Tek is not an HOF. And you can't give a guy a WS ring in July.
But three WS rings with power and pitch calling. How about the greatest baseball player ever!
Yogi Berra. He was the catcher for eight World Series wins - also collecting two other rings while no the full time catcher.
Berra was a three time MVP, while finishing second twice. Led NYY in RBI for seven years in a row. Averaged .285/27/109 for his career - Tek's never topped 27 HR or 109 RBI in any season.
Oh, Yogi also served with the US Navy in WWII on D-Day.
In most other leagues, NFL/NBA/NHL, the top players are defined by the championships. For example, Russell over Chamberlain, Brady over Manning, etc...
With that winning comes first logic, Yogi Berra becomes the greatest baseball player of all time.
And yet, Berra wasn't a first ballot HOF, and is rarely mentioned as being equal to Mays, Aaron, Ruth, etc...Maybe, baseball people hang onto their stats a little too much?