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More Reasons To Why The Red Sox Might Not Sign Varitek

Posted by Mike on November 24, 2008

Red Sox Twins Baseball

Per Peter Gammons:

One of the things Scott Boras does brilliantly is use selected media members to take his gospel forth, a skill all his clients value. His latest case for why Jason Varitek should get a contract like the one the Yankees gave Jorge Posada points to Bob Boone and Carlton Fisk, who had down years at 36 years old, then came back stronger at 37 (Fisk hit 37 home runs at 37).

A quick look at my sabermetric encyclopedia shows that only six catchers have ever caught 100 games at age 37 — Boone (147), Brad Ausmus (138), Fisk (130), Benito Santiago (125), Ernie Whitt (115) and Elston Howard (100).

Only five catchers have hit as many as 12 homers at 37 years old: Fisk, Mike Piazza (22), Ernie Lombardi (19), Santiago (16) and Greg Myers (15).

Johnny Bench caught five games at 35, and retired before his 36th birthday. At 36, Yogi Berra hit 22 homers; at 37, he hit 10. Berra caught 68 games after he turned 36.

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