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Rod Barajas, Doug Camili, And First Impressions

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Friday was an interesting day in Dodger land, as Rod Barajas was brought back at the highest salary of his career for his age-35 season. Barajas will make $3.25 million next season, thanks in large part to his strong first impression in Dodger blue, as he hit .297/.361/.578 in 25 games playing for his hometown team. Those 72 plate appearances were great, but how great were they?

There have been 36 catchers in Los Angeles Dodgers history to amass at least 72 plate appearances, including Barajas. Here's how Barajas stacks up against the first 72 PA as a Dodger of those 35 other catchers. Barajas ranks...

  • 4th in OPS (.939)
  • 4th in SLG (.578)
  • 7th in OBP (.361)
  • T-7th in AVG (.297)
  • T-2nd in RBI (13)
  • T-2nd in HR (5)
  • T-5th in hits (19)
  • 9th in runs (9)
  • 5th in extra-base hits (8)

Here are all the performances by LA Dodger catchers in their first 72 PA:

LA Dodgers Catchers In Their First 72 PA
Catcher Year(s) R HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
Norm Sherry 1959-60 11 5 12 .358 .403 .657 1.059
David Ross 2002-03 12 6 13 .297 .375 .641 1.016
Doug Camili 1960-62 11 5 17 .309 .347 .618 .965
Rod Barajas 2010 9 5 13 .297 .361 .578 .939
Chad Kreuter 2000 14 2 7 .291 .458 .473 .931
Rick Dempsey 1988 12 4 12 .274 .347 .548 .896
Russell Martin 2006 11 1 13 .302 .389 .460 .849
Brad Ausmus 2009 8 1 7 .317 .377 .429 .805
Duke Sims 1971 5 2 7 .270 .361 .429 .790
Jason Phillips 2005 6 0 12 .306 .361 .419 .780
Mike Scioscia 1980 2 0 4 .290 .348 .387 .735
Johnny Oates 1977 10 0 5 .313 .375 .359 .734
Tom Haller 1968 2 1 3 .292 .361 .354 .715
Chris Cannizzaro        
1972 8 1 7 .250 .324 .375 .699
Jerry Grote 1977-78 5 0 8 .274 .352 .339 .691
Dioner Navarro 2005 6 1 6 .258 .361 .323 .684
Tom Prince 1994-96 6 1 9 .226 .310 .371 .681
Jeff Torborg 1964-65 5 1 7 .254 .324 .349 .673
Alex Treviño 1986 7 1 4 .237 .357 .305 .662
Joe Pignatano* 1957-58 8 3 7 .203 .282 .375 .657
Joe Ferguson 1970-71 7 2 8 .219 .292 .344 .635
Mike Piazza 1992 5 1 7 .239 .292 .328 .620
Jack Fimple 1983 8 1 8 .231 .265 .354 .619
Charles Johnson 1998 7 3 6 .206 .250 .368 .618
Carlos Hernandez 1990-92 6 0 4 .258 .306 .303 .609
Gary Carter 1991 5 2 7 .177 .278 .306 .584
Todd Hundley 1999 7 2 4 .155 .282 .293 .575
John Roseboro* 1957 6 2 6 .161 .278 .290 .568
Mike Lieberthal 2007 3 0 1 .246 ..278 .275 .553
Paul LoDuca 1998-99 5 1 5 .194 .292 .258 .550
Ellie Rodriguez 1976 5 0 9 .196 .347 .196 .544
Jim Campanis 1966-67 3 2 2 .159 .264 .270 .534
Steve Yeager 1972 10 1 7 .164 .282 .246 .528
Angel Peña 1998-99 6 0 4 .206 .239 .265 .504
A.J. Ellis 2008-10 4 0 9 .175 .243 .190 .433
Brent Mayne 2004 3 0 3 .161 .254 .161 .415

 

Both Joe Pignatano and John Roseboro actually began their Dodger careers in 1957, so some or all of their first 72 PA came in Brooklyn, even though they both accumulated more than 72 PA in Los Angeles as well. Only Norm Sherry, David Ross, and Doug Camili had a higher OPS than Barajas.