The Giants thoroughly, utterly embarrassed and humiliated the Braves at home this week, outhitting them 31-16 and outscoring them 20-7. The victory today was a gift from heaven above. The Braves had just three hits against nine by the Giants, but those three hits included a Michael Bourn RBI triple and two solo homers by Freddie Freeman and David Ross.
Speaking of David Ross, you all know how good he is, but it’s easy to forget just how good. I tweeted this during the game, but:
This is the fourth year that David Ross has been a Brave. He has played 196 games and amassed 560 plate appearances, which is basically a full season’s worth for a catcher. In those 560 plate appearances, he has hit .277/.368/.476, with 20 homers and 83 RBI.
In those four years, there have been 11 catchers who have managed to hit 20 homers in a full season: Brian McCann, Bengie Molina, Carlos Santana, J.P. Arencibia, Mike Napoli, Miguel Olivo, Victor Martinez, Jorge Posada, John Buck, Matt Wieters, and Joe Mauer.
Bengie Molina’s pretty much out of baseball, but his brother Yadier is about to hit 20 for the first time this year, and Yadi just got $75 million in the offseason. Mauer got $184 million in 2010. Posada did it after signing a $52 million contract in 2007. Martinez signed a $50 million deal in 2010. Napoli, Wieters, Santana, and McCann haven’t hit free agency yet, but it’s fair to assume that when they do, they’ll get paid.
But our guy did that in parts of four seasons, and has gotten paid a grand total of $6.25 million, about 30% of what Joe Mauer’s making this year alone.
If you’re ever inclined to throw your remote control at the TV or curse Frank Wren, remember: sometimes he gets it right.