Detroit Tigers 5 all-time best catchers in franchise history

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2. Lance Parrish

Depending on who you ask, Parrish should be No. 1 on this list. He holds a lot of nostagia for fans simply because he was an integral aprt of the 1984 World Series Championship team. There's one catcher that's better, which we'll discuss shortly. But before we do that, let's talk about The Big Wheel.

Parrish was a six-time All-Star during his time in Detroit, which includes five straight selections from 1982-86. His best season came in that 1982 campaign where he had an fWAR of 5.0.

He had a 3.0 fWAR in 1984, but hit a career-high 33 homers. His home run in Game 5 of the 1984 World Series off Padres All-Star reliever Goose Gossage was especially memorable.

He also was a great defensive catcher, winning three Gold Gloves during his time in Detroit. He was the complete package behind the dish.

Parrish went on to join the coaching ranks, including coaching in the Tigers organization. He was the third base coach for the Tigers in the late '90s and early 2000s, and eventually came back to coach in the minor leagues in 2014.

He was the manager for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves from 2014-17, then for the West Michigan Whitecaps from 2018-19. It's safe to say he's a Tiger through and through.

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