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#1 BSLChrisStoner

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 07:06 AM

Orioles.com: Hot take: 5 best catchers in O's history

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#2 NewMarketSean

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 07:28 AM

In my era:

 

1. Hoiles

2. Wieters

3. Tettleton

4. Hernandez

5. Lopez


I never had friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 08:07 AM

Years ago when I lived in Bmore my brother, friends and I used to play Strat-O-Matic baseball. Was in a key season matchup and I had Andy up to bat and needed a big hit. So I commented to my brother, before I rolled the dice, "Come on Andy hit me a homer and I'll owe you $100." Well sure enough Andy hit a game winner for me. After that every game we went to when Andy would come up to bat my brother would remind me that I owed him $100.


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Posted 24 March 2020 - 09:51 AM

Orioles.com: Hot take: 5 best catchers in O's history

https://www.mlb.com/...e-all-time-best

For the most part the Orioles have always prioritized defense in the catcher position, so my top 5 is slanted that way.

1. Dempsey

2. Hoiles

3. Wieters

4. Etchebarren

5. Triandos---no never saw him, but he was my fathers favorite player, so I put him on the list.


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Posted 24 March 2020 - 10:21 AM

5. Triandos---no never saw him, but he was my fathers favorite player, so I put him on the list.


Mine too.



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Posted 24 March 2020 - 10:40 AM

5. Triandos---no never saw him, but he was my fathers favorite player, so I put him on the list.

 

Gus has to be there... slowest Oriole ever... (plus 30 dingers in a season...)


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Posted 24 March 2020 - 11:11 AM

Gus has to be there... slowest Oriole ever... (plus 30 dingers in a season...)

Gus was a customer of my fathers.  My father always talked about what a good guy he was.  Gus was one of the stars of the early Oriole team.


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Posted 24 March 2020 - 11:17 AM

Years ago when I lived in Bmore my brother, friends and I used to play Strat-O-Matic baseball. Was in a key season matchup and I had Andy up to bat and needed a big hit. So I commented to my brother, before I rolled the dice, "Come on Andy hit me a homer and I'll owe you $100." Well sure enough Andy hit a game winner for me. After that every game we went to when Andy would come up to bat my brother would remind me that I owed him $100.

My brother who was not a baseball guy, future wife, lived on Ellerslie Ave, right at the corner of Memorial Stadium.  His then girl friend, loved the Orioles, so they would usually walk into the games around the 7th inning, totally free.  They did this to a day game that wind up going deep into extra innings.  The team allowed fans to walk in and sit in the bleachers.  Etch hit a walk off home run which my brother caught.  He bragged about it for years, until his wife told us, it thumped off his chest and she eventually picked it up and gave it to him.   


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Posted 24 March 2020 - 01:23 PM

I don't really recall Gus and his running ability, or lack thereof, but I recall a certain 3B guy named Floyd Rayford who was about molasses pace....lol



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Posted 24 March 2020 - 01:29 PM

Gus would make him look like a speedster    ;-)


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Posted 24 March 2020 - 02:47 PM

I don't really recall Gus and his running ability, or lack thereof, but I recall a certain 3B guy named Floyd Rayford who was about molasses pace....lol

Wieters could go slow to slow with anyone.


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Posted 24 March 2020 - 04:29 PM

I don't really recall Gus and his running ability, or lack thereof, but I recall a certain 3B guy named Floyd Rayford who was about molasses pace....lol


My dad thought Honey Bear was a great nickname.

1. Hoiles
2. Wieters
3. Tettleton
4. Dempsey
5. Hernandez
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 05:15 PM

1. Hoiles

2. Dempsey

3. Tettleton

4. Wieters

5. defer

 

1) Super disappointing that MW isn't #1 on this list.  His only season with an OPS over .800 was his injury shortened 2014.

 

2) Will be super disappointing 7 years from now if Rutschman isn't #1 on this list.

 

3) Hoiles should get bonus credit for career Oriole, he's 25th in career Oriole WAR at 23.5.

 

4) Dempsey probably isn't #2, but you give bonus credit for WS MVP and he's contributed in many ways away from his stats.

 

5) Amazing that Fruit Loops only was an Oriole for 3 seasons. Impact from the 1989 season lodges itself in the memory.



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Posted 24 March 2020 - 05:28 PM

As a kid I was super disappointed that we didn't keep Tettleton. He had some solid seasons after he left Baltimore.

 

We did have Hoiles, however, but I would have loved to have had Mickey for a few seasons longer.


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Posted 24 March 2020 - 06:04 PM

My dad thought Honey Bear was a great nickname.
 

 

Whenever I say Honey Bear, my brother reminds me that it wasn't Honey Bear, it was Sugar Bear.... but at home we never poured sugar out of a bear, only honey...


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Posted 24 March 2020 - 06:05 PM

As a kid I was super disappointed that we didn't keep Tettleton. He had some solid seasons after he left Baltimore.

 

We did have Hoiles, however, but I would have loved to have had Mickey for a few seasons longer.

 

I had forgotten how good he was in Detroit.  4 really solid seasons. 

 

.867 OPS there over 2343 PA.  They kept him in the lineup even when he wasn't catching..



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Posted 25 March 2020 - 08:27 AM

1. Hoiles

2. Dempsey

3. Tettleton

4. Wieters

5. defer

 

1) Super disappointing that MW isn't #1 on this list.  His only season with an OPS over .800 was his injury shortened 2014.

 

2) Will be super disappointing 7 years from now if Rutschman isn't #1 on this list.

 

3) Hoiles should get bonus credit for career Oriole, he's 25th in career Oriole WAR at 23.5.

 

4) Dempsey probably isn't #2, but you give bonus credit for WS MVP and he's contributed in many ways away from his stats.

 

5) Amazing that Fruit Loops only was an Oriole for 3 seasons. Impact from the 1989 season lodges itself in the memory.

IMO Dempsey belongs on or near the top of the list, because of what he brought behind the plate.  His defensive skills were the best the Orioles have seen.


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Posted 25 March 2020 - 08:36 AM

My dad thought Honey Bear was a great nickname.

1. Hoiles
2. Wieters
3. Tettleton
4. Dempsey
5. Hernandez

I actually forgot about Ramon Hernandez before reading your list.


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Posted 25 March 2020 - 11:23 AM

What is hard to do with any list like this is to look and see how many of those guys you actually got to see play. One more thing to remind us of our age. 

 

But when it comes to the O's I am an ageless fan!!!


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Posted 25 March 2020 - 01:12 PM

What is hard to do with any list like this is to look and see how many of those guys you actually got to see play. One more thing to remind us of our age. 

 

But when it comes to the O's I am an ageless fan!!!

Right there with you, I think.

 

The one name that is missing, is maybe the most popular Oriole catcher ever.  Elrod Hendricks.  He was a good catcher and a decent hitter against right handed pitching.

He does not belong in the top 5 IMO, but he served the organization well.


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