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New York Yankees: Is Jorge Posada More Like Ted Simmons or Gary Carter?

Simmons ranks among the better offensive catchers in baseball history. Simmons appeared in 1,770 games as a catcher and in 40 games as an outfielder. He was the designated hitter 276 times and pinch-hit 216 times.

Over 21 seasons, Simmons hit .285, with a .348 on-base average and a .437 slugging average. If Simmons had been a solid defensive catcher, he would be in the Hall of Fame.

Gary Carter (lifetime .262/.335/.439) had some solid offensive seasons, but he also had some poor ones.

With the Montreal Expos in 1977, Carter hit .284, belted 31 home runs—which was one more than either Yogi Berra or Bill Dickey ever hit in a single season—and he slugged .525.

In 1985, as a member of sports' most beloved team, the New ...

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