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OPS Leaders by Age (19-43)

The table below lists the catcher leaders for Production (On-Base Percentage Plus Slugging Average - OPS) for each age group from 19 to 43. On-Base Percentage is computed as [(H+BB+HBP) / (AB+BB+HBP+SF)] and Slugging Average is computed as (TB/AB). The OPS is the best offensive performance indicator that can be easily computed by the average fan. Mike Piazza holds 5 of the age marks. Two catchers hold three marks each (Hartnett and Fisk). Gabby Hartnett's three span 14 years (ages 23, 34 and 36).

Age Catcher Year Team Lg PA OBP SLG OPS
19 Doggie Miller 1884 Pit AA 362 0.257 0.265 0.522
20 Joe Torre 1961 Mil NL 441 0.330 0.424 0.754
21 Johnny Bench 1969 Cin NL 592 0.353 0.487 0.840
22 Johnny Bench 1970 Cin NL 671 0.345 0.587 0.932
23 Gabby Hartnett 1924 Chi NL 407 0.377 0.523 0.900
24 Fred Carroll 1889 Pit NL 414 0.486 0.484 0.970
25 Joe Torre 1966 Atl NL 614 0.382 0.560 0.943
26 Mike Piazza 1995 LA NL 475 0.400 0.606 1.006
27 Mike Piazza 1996 LA NL 631 0.422 0.563 0.985
28 Mike Piazza 1997 LA NL 633 0.431 0.638 1.070
29 Bill Dickey 1936 NY AL 472 0.428 0.617 1.045
30 Jack Clements 1895 Phi NL 355 0.446 0.612 1.058
31 Mike Piazza 2000 NY NL 545 0.398 0.614 1.012
32 Mike Piazza 2001 NY NL 726 0.384 0.573 0.957
33 Javy Lopez 2003 Atl NL 495 0.378 0.687 1.065
34 Gabby Hartnett 1935 Chi NL 461 0.404 0.545 0.949
35 Smoky Burgess 1962 Pit NL 399 0.375 0.500 0.875
36 Gabby Hartnett 1937 Chi NL 405 0.424 0.548 0.971
37 Ernie Lombardi 1945 NY NL 417 0.387 0.486 0.873
38 Wally Schang 1928 Stl AL 325 0.448 0.404 0.852
39 Wally Schang 1929 Stl AL 334 0.424 0.378 0.802
40 Bob Boone 1988 Cal AL 392 0.352 0.386 0.738
41 Carlton Fisk 1989 Chi AL 419 0.356 0.475 0.830
42 Carlton Fisk 1990 Chi AL 521 0.378 0.451 0.829
43 Carlton Fisk 1991 Chi AL 501 0.299 0.413 0.712



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