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03-10-2013, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by JaysCyYoung View Post
With the 345th overall pick in the 2013 HFBoards All-Time Draft, the Montreal Expos are pleased to select, from McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, a native of Oakland, California, C Ernesto Natalie Lombardi.

Over a seventeen year Hall of Fame career Ernie Lombardi was one of the most prolific offensive catchers in baseball history. The first catcher ever to capture a batting title in the modern era, which he did by hitting .342 in 1938 with the Cincinnati Reds, would go on to slug his way to 190 home runs and 990 career RBI's. He won his first batting title the same year that he captured the National League MVP Award, and would later capture a second four years later in 1942.

A .306 career hitter, Schnozz was he was affectionately known by teammates and fans alike for his prominent nose, would record a career OPS of .818 and an adjusted OPS of 126, one of the best markers ever by a back-stop. He was also capable behind the plate in terms of arm strength, leading the league in caught stealing percentage twice (including a high water mark of 58.5 percent in his 1938 MVP season) and his career mark of 47.1 percent ranks 51st on the all-time list.

*.306/.358/.460/.818 career slash line
*190 career home runs
*990 career RBIs
*126 career adjusted OPS
*1938 NL MVP Award
*1940 World Series champion
*2-time batting champion (first catcher ever to win a batting title)
*4-time top ten in OPS
*5-time top ten in home runs
*7-time All-Star Game selection
*8-time top ten in slugging percentage
*43.6 total career wins above replacement (16th all-time - catchers)
Darn. Good pick. Lombardi's good enough to start on a couple teams in this draft.

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