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St. Louis Cardinals Backup Catchers of the Tony La Russa/Dave Duncan Era

While working on a main post regarding the Cardinals' backup catcher position, I made a graph of the backup catchers from the Tony La Russa/Dave Duncan era. It is by no means comprehensive; rather, I tried to select those that were signed to be the backup catcher, made ten or more starts, and/or caught 100 or more innings. When I completed the graph and saw that it took up the entire screen, I decided not to include in a post I intended to focus on Bryan Anderson and Tony Cruz. So, I thought I'd post it here as it's a nice little trip down Memory Lane.

Year

Player

Age

GS

Inn

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

OPS+

1996

D. Sheaffer

34

37

322.2

.227

.271

.333

.605

59

1996

P. Borders

33

15

137.0

.319

.329

.362

.691

83

1997

T. Lampkin

33

56

549.1

.245

.335

.380

.715

88

1998

E. Marrero

24

67

613.0

.244

.318

.370

.688

81

1998

T. Lampkin

34

54

482.1

.231

.328

.380

.708

86

1999

E. Marrero

25

77

696.2

.192

.236

.297

.533

33

1999

A. Castillo

29

74

660.1

.263

.326

.341

.667

69

2000

E. Marrero

26

26

239.0

.225

.302

.422

.723

79

2000

C. Hernandez

33

15

126.0

.275

.345

.412

.757

89

2001

E. Marrero

27

45

430.1

.266

.312

.438

.751

92

2002

M. Difelice

33

51

435.1

.230

.297

.362

.660

75

2002

E. Marrero

28

15

180.2

.262

.327

.451

.777

104

2003

J. Girardi

38

5

52.0

.130

.231

.130

.361

-1

2003

C. Widger

32

32

278.2

.235

.279

.324

.603

59

2004

Y. Molina

21

39

344.0

.267

.329

.356

.684

78

2004

C. McCary

30

13

132.0

.230

.269

.257

.526

38

2005

E. Diaz

32

30

299.0

.208

.248

.277

.525

37

2005

M. Mahoney

32

21

187.1

.156

.217

.219

.436

15

2006

G. Bennet

34

43

385.1

.223

.274

.331

.605

55

2007

G. Bennett

35

41

370.1

.252

.286

.335

.621

61

2007

K. Stinnett

37

20

203.0

.159

.207

.232

.439

14

2008

J. Larue

34

44

412.0

.213

.296

.348

.643

57

2009

J. Larue

35

26

254.0

.240

.288

.327

.615

34

2010

J. Larue

36

14

150.1

.196

.274

.321

.596

18

2010

M. Pagnozzi

27

12

106.0

.359

.405

.487

.892

143

2011

G. Laird

31

22

213.0

.232

.302

.358

.660

84

2011

T. Cruz

24

8

99.0

.262

.333

.338

.672

89

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