New York Yankees: All-time best catchers in franchise history

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player. 43. . 2014-2016. New York Yankees. Brian McCann. 9

New York Yankees all-time best catchers – No. 9: Brian McCann

5.7 WAR

Mostly known for his time on the Braves and as a member of the 2017 Astros World Series Championship* team, Brian McCann had a brief, but productive three-year stretch with the Yankees.

After nine successful years with the Braves, McCann signed a five-year deal with the Yankees. From 2014 to 2016, McCann hit 69 HR and 229 RBI. In his best season in 2015, McCann had 26 HR, 94 RBI and a .756 OPS, earning him his sixth career Silver Slugger Award.

Unlike the rest of this list, McCann only got a sniff of playoff baseball in the Bronx, as he went 0-for-4 in the 2015 Wild Card game. Although McCann’s deal ran through 2018, he was traded to the Astros following the 2016 season for Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.

43. . 1921-1925. New York Yankees. Wally Schang. 8. player

New York Yankees all-time best catchers – No. 8: Wally Schang

10.3 WAR

The player that dates back the furthest in history on this list is 1923 World Series Champion Wally Schang.

After Babe Ruth came to the Yankees in 1920, Schang followed suit in 1921 and would assume starting catcher duties for the better part of the next five seasons. From 1921-1925, Schang played 529 games for the Yankees, totaling 16 HR, 22 triples, 86 doubles and 209 RBI.

In his five seasons with the team, Schang totaled a 10.9 WAR. In his best two seasons with the Yankees in 1921 and 1922, Schang had slash lines of .316/.428/.453 and .319/.405/.412, respectively.

As a Yankee, Schang played in three World Series. In 19 games, he hit .271 with three doubles and four runs scored. In the franchise’s first World Series title in 1923, Schang went 7-for-22 with three runs scored.

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