Last week I wrote an article about former super star Mike Piazza wanting to continue his career, despite lack of interest from teams and that perhaps he should be given a job given his perfect track record on and off the field. Another guy who is attempting to make a comeback in ’08 is former fringe catcher turned slugger, Javy Lopez. Javy played 11 mostly lackluster seasons with Atlanta before turning in 43 home runs (most ever for a Catcher), 109 R.B.I, and a .328 average in his twelfth and final season with the Braves. Where he found all this power is a mystery to everyone because in his next three seasons he hit 23, 15,& 8 home runs. In 2007 he was cut in Spring Training and missed the entire season. What was he doing? Hanging out with jail bait, of course! The one thing that is definite is the team that made him a star wants nothing to do with him. Wonder why?
Another catcher who had almost similar career stats is former New York Met, Todd Hundley. In Hundley’s first six seasons he never topped more than 16 home runs and then he hits 41 in 1996, most ever for a catcher up to that point. How does he end his career? Well, despite adding another 30 in 1997 he never went on to have another great season and retired in 2003 after hitting just 2 home runs in 21 games.