By now we are all aware of Brian McCann’s prowess at the plate. The six consecutive years of 20 or more home runs and the lifetime .276 average and .820 OPS are stats that bode well in Yankee Stadium.Only there’s much more to our new backstop.A catcher’s value to his team goes well beyond his contributions in the batting order. Often, the catcher is one of the weakest hitters in the lineup. For instance, a player like the Dodgers AJ Ellis holds a .254 lifetime average but has thrown out 70 of 149 potential base stealers. That’s a 35% rate in a league where the norm is somewhere between 26 and 28 percent. In 2013 alone, Ellis gunned down runners at a 44% clip (28 of 63). Because of the value Ellis adds to the Dodgers in the field, he remains in the order.That’s why we are lucky. We get...

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