Catcher Post-Season Award?
Ok, I am a new guy round here, but have been a Twins fan since the '70s (Roy Smalley was my hero). Anyway, as a SABR-challenged (I respect it, gotta dig into it more, tho) kinda guy, I was inspired by jcphitman's thread on the Correia deal to just jump in.
Ok, here's the deal. My buddy is a dyed in the wool Cards fan, and so thru the PS, he was raving about Molina, while I stuck Ortiz in his face. Anyway, right around this time, the Mauer move was made, which begged a couple of questions. (Discussed over beers, of course.)
1) HOF- looking ahead, he's got a strong shot. Boost those batting numbers a bit, bump the black ink, and he's in. But as C or 1B? Does finishing his career at 1B hurt his chances? In as a C or 1B?
2) We realized that while we have PS awards for nearly everything, there's nothing for catcher. Why?
3) Looking at Baseballref, I'm not seeing any special metrics for C. Why? (or maybe, how?)
4) We all know what a difference a smart C can do for a team behind the dish. Calling pitches, framing pitches, handling the pitcher... the list goes on, but it's all "intangibles", right? Who would deny the value of a solid C? How do you measure that stuff?
So, my questions are:
1- Why is there no post-season catcher award?
2- If we have one, what do we name it? Johnny Bench Award or Josh Gibson Award? Something else?
3- What metrics are there- or should be developed- to evaluate catchers for this award- or in general at C? Is it just CS? Nothing else?
SABR guys, help me!
Anyway- just an observation- seems like a big hole in the PS awards. The campaign for a change starts here.