It’s the off-season, well at least for the Cubs. This off-season we have plans to run two posts per day during the week and one on the weekend. In the AM you’ll get a discuss / minor post (usually put together by me). In the afternoon around 2p eastern time, you’ll get a feature post written by one of the various writers for the site. This should be an exciting off-season for the Cubs so I look forward to some of the content we’ll be seeing in the coming months on the site.

Three Strikes for Discussion

  • STRIKE ONE – The wild card race was spectacular this year in both leagues, capped off by one of the best nights of baseball that I can remember. Would you expand the wild card race to add another wild card spot? The two wild card winners would then play a 1 game play in game to see who wins the right to go to the division series. This year that brings us a game between the Red Sox / Rays and the Braves / Cardinals
  • STRIKE TWO – Does the Red Sox early exit help or hurt the Cubs chances for Theo Epstein leaving Boston to come to Chicago? Do you want him?
  • STRIKE THREE – Was Jose Reyes bunt single in one at bat a bush league way to win the batting title?

It’s not a secret that I’m not a fan of our catching situation. I’m not a Geo guy and as much as I like the way Koyie Hill plays, I don’t like the result he produces. I present to you a list of the worst backup catchers, ranked by OPS+, for the Cubs since 1960. Only requirements being that they played at least 75% of their games at catcher and had within 150 and 250 plate appearances.

Player OPS+ ▴ PA Year Age 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Steve Swisher 35 220 1977 25 7 0 5 15 9 47 .190 .229 .298 .527
Koyie Hill 44 231 2010 31 13 1 1 17 12 61 .214 .254 .298 .552
Ken Rudolph 45 182 1973 26 8 1 2 17 7 25 .206 .239 .300 .539
Tim Blackwell 46 159 1979 26 3 1 0 12 32 25 .164 .338 .205 .542
Paul Bako 47 157 2004 32 8 0 1 10 15 29 .203 .288 .283 .571
Koyie Hill 50 153 2011 32 3 1 2 9 14 40 .194 .268 .276 .545
Cuno Barragan 52 158 1962 30 6 1 0 12 21 28 .201 .306 .261 .567
Damon Berryhill 57 172 1991 27 7 0 5 14 11 41 .189 .244 .327 .571
Chris Krug 61 186 1965 25 5 0 5 24 13 52 .201 .258 .320 .578
Jim Sundberg 61 161 1987 36 2 0 4 15 19 40 .201 .306 .302 .608
Paul Bako 67 213 2003 31 13 3 0 17 22 47 .229 .311 .330 .641
Vic Roznovsky 69 193 1965 26 4 1 3 15 16 30 .221 .295 .308 .603
Henry Blanco 73 178 2005 33 6 0 6 25 11 24 .242 .287 .391 .679
Chris Cannizzaro 76 234 1971 33 8 1 5 23 28 24 .213 .311 .340 .652
Joe Girardi 76 172 1989 24 10 0 1 14 11 26 .248 .304 .331 .635
Rick Wilkins 76 200 1995 28 2 0 6 14 36 51 .191 .340 .315 .655
Jack Hiatt 82 215 1970 27 12 1 2 22 31 48 .242 .352 .354 .706
Rick Wilkins 83 235 1991 24 9 0 6 22 19 56 .222 .307 .355 .662
Barry Foote 84 216 1980 28 13 1 6 28 13 18 .238 .282 .401 .683
Jason Kendall 84 202 2007 33 10 1 1 19 19 15 .270 .362 .356 .718
Michael Barrett 84 231 2007 30 9 0 9 29 17 36 .256 .307 .427 .734
Tim Blackwell 89 182 1981 28 10 2 1 11 23 23 .234 .331 .342 .673
Dick Bertell 91 235 1962 26 6 2 2 18 13 30 .302 .343 .377 .720
George Mitterwald 91 240 1974 29 7 0 7 28 18 42 .251 .310 .381 .691
Jody Davis 94 207 1981 24 5 1 4 21 21 28 .256 .333 .361 .694
Jeff Reed 97 181 1999 36 11 2 1 17 28 34 .260 .381 .380 .761
Jimmie Schaffer 103 153 1963 27 7 0 7 19 11 35 .239 .294 .437 .731
Ed Bailey 119 187 1965 34 6 0 5 23 34 28 .253 .385 .393 .778
Tim Hosley 123 171 1975 28 7 0 6 20 27 25 .255 .382 .433 .815
Hector Villanueva 143 214 1991 26 10 1 13 32 21 30 .276 .346 .542 .887
Scott Servais 144 203 1995 28 12 0 12 35 23 37 .286 .371 .560 .931
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/29/2011.

 

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail