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Catch AS eaten can
Peter Gammons
April 05, 1989
Who are the best? An SI poll of coaches, managers and general managers produced these ratings of the top receivers in both leagues. The comments are a compendium of the views of those polled.
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April 05, 1989

Catch As Eaten Can

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3. Steve Lake, Philadelphia. The classic old-style catcher: He can't hit a lick, but he can catch and throw with the best of them.

4. Gary Carter, New York, Doesn't throw well anymore, but does everything else. There's no one you would rather have blocking a ball in the dirt with two outs, a runner at third and a one-run lead.

5. Benito Santiago, San Diego. He has some flaws, and he can go into funks when he isn't hitting. But he intimidates runners more than any other modern catcher. May prove to have the best arm of all time: throws from everywhere, anytime.

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