Tuesday, April 14, 2009
1989 Topps Major League Debut #42: Joe Girardi
PHOTO: Not a bad photo of Joe, but who is the guy next to him?
STAT: Since 1989, Girardi has the 6th-most stolen bases among catchers although I suspect Russel Martin, already #5 with many fewer plate appearances, will top that list within 6 or 7 years. Of course, it should be mentioned that Girardi is also among the leaders in caught stealing for the same period.
Girardi didn't hit much but was on a bunch of playoff teams, including the Rockies' first-ever such appearance in 1995 and the Yankees championship teams of 1996, 1998, and 1999.
If we add in his career as a manager, I'd probably bump him up to 5 thanks mostly to what he did with the Marlins in 2006. Wait and see on his Yankees tenure...