Astros’ All-Time Best Seasons: Catcher

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Aug 24, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder

Michael Bourn

(24) scores under the tag of Houston Astros catcher

Carlos Corporan

(22) during the third inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

This is the 1st article in a series we at Climbing Tal’s Hill are doing for “Astros’ All-Time Best Seasons.”

Have you ever thought about the All-Time Best Seasons for a Houston Astros catcher? Honestly, before researching this, I had not. Catcher, in my opinion, is the least sexy position on the baseball diamond. It rarely gets any love. Just look at the Baseball Hall of Fame: out of 306 elected members, only 16 are catchers. Also, think about batting orders: most catchers seem relegated to the 8th or 9th spot. There’s a lot of brains, but not a lot of good batting.

In the Houston Astros’ history, most people think of Biggio, Ashby, and Ausmus as the “nameable” catchers. But during the franchise’s 53 year life-span, there have actually been 23 different “starting” catchers. Out of the 53 seasons, this list was whittled down to 5.

After reviewing the candidates, be sure to vote at the end of the article.

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