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01-31-2013, 01:39 PM
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With the 80th pick, the Brooklyn Suberbas select one of its hometown boys,
C Roy Campanella.
Campanella, regarded as one of the best defensive catchers of all time, put up a great 10 year MLB Hall of Fame career from 1948-1957, where he complied:
3 MVP Awards
8 All Star appearances
242 Home Runs, including 4 30+ HR seasons
These stats alone are enough to make Campy a top 100 pick given position scarcity, however what is usually lost in the shuffle is that he did this after spending 9 years in the Negro leagues from 1937-1945 where he was an All Star catcher with a .353 career average.
He was signed by the Dodgers prior to the 1946 season but was buried in the minors for a couple of years while the Jackie Robinson “experiment” worked itself out. He won MVP awards in his two full seasons in the minors before being called up to the Dodgers.
So, taking his entire 21-year career into account, the Superbas are very excited to draft one of the greatest all-around catchers in the history of baseball
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