Who is the best defensive catcher in the major leagues?
[ Based on a survey of 450 MLB players ]
Mike Matheny 41%
Ivan Rodriguez 34%
Jason Varitek 4%
Bengie Molina 4%
For complete results and a breakdown of the poll go to SI.com/scorecard.
FAST FACTS: Matheny has won three Gold Gloves, and in 2003, when he was a Cardinal, he did not commit an error in 138 games.... Matheny got 56% of the votes of other catchers. Rodriguez (a record 11 Gold Gloves) got 22% from catchers.... The Astros' Brad Ausmus was fifth in the overall voting (3%).
DAVID E. KLUTHO