If you’re a Yankees fan, you probably know who the team’s catcher was last year. But do you know who the Yankees’ catcher was before that?
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the team’s last few catchers, and see how they’ve performed. We’ll also find out who the Yankees’ catcher is currently, and see what he’s doing to help the team win.
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The Yankees have had a long and storied history, filled with some of the greatest players to ever step on a baseball field. One position that has always been a key part of the team’s success is catcher. Each year, the Yankees have trotted out a different player to don the tools of ignorance and lead the pitching staff.
So, who was the Yankees’ catcher last year? The answer might surprise you.
The History of the Yankees’ Catchers
The New York Yankees have a long and storied history, and that extends to their catchers. The team has had some of the best catchers in baseball over the years, including Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, and Elston Howard. Let’s take a look at the history of the Yankees’ catchers.
Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015) was an American professional baseball catcher, who later took on the roles of manager and coach. He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), all but the last for the New York Yankees. He was an 18-time All-Star and won 10 World Series championships as a player—more than any other player in MLB history. Berra had a career batting average of .285, while hitting 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in. He is one of only six players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
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Thurman Munson was the starting catcher for the New York Yankees from 1970-1979. He was a 7-time All-Star and 3-time Gold Glove winner. In 1976, he was named the American League MVP. He tragically died in a plane crash in 1979.
Jorge Posada is a former professional baseball catcher who spent his entire 18-year career playing for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a five-time World Series champion,
and a nine-time American League (AL) All-Star. Regarded as one of the best defensive catchers of his era, Posada won four Silver Slugger Awards and was inducted into the New York Yankees’ Monument Park in 2015.
The Yankees’ Catchers of the Last Decade
The New York Yankees have had a lot of great catchers over the years. Some of the best in the game have donned the pinstripes. Who were the Yankees’ catchers last year? And who were the Yankees’ catchers of the last decade?
Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin Jr. (born February 15, 1983) is a Canadian professional baseball catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. Martin won back-to-back Gold Glove Awards in 2007 and 2008.
Martin was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 35th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft, but he did not sign and instead attended Chipola College. The Dodgers selected him in the 17th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft, and he signed with them. After playing in their minor league system for four years, he made his MLB debut in 2006. The Dodgers traded Martin to the Yankees after the 2008 season. After playing four seasons with New York Yankees, he became a free agent and signed with the Blue Jays before the 2013 season.
In his MLB career, Russell has been elected to five All-Star Games (2007, 2011–13, 2015), and has won two Gold Glove Awards (2007–08), a Silver Slugger Award (2007), and a Hank Aaron Award (2007).
Brian McCann was the Yankees’ catcher last year. He is a nine-time All-Star and has won six Silver Slugger Awards.
Sanchez was the Yankees’ primary catcher for four seasons before being traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2020. He was a two-time All-Star and won a Silver Slugger Award in 2017.
The Yankees’ catcher last year was Francisco Cervelli. He played in 102 games and had a batting average of .301. He also had 10 home runs and 60 RBIs.