Martin Maldonado of the Houston Astros causes controversy among MLB observers and fans.

Martin Maldonado has worn the jerseys of numerous teams over his remarkable 13-year MLB career, but since joining the Houston Astros in 2019, 

 the 37-year-old Puerto Rican player has displayed some of his peak offensive stats.

Maldonado's batting average stands at.207 despite his great career. Across 116 games with the Astros in 2023, he had a slashline of.191/.258/.348. 

Nonetheless, the veteran made a name for himself by hitting 15 home runs and totaling 36 RBIs, duplicating his previous best efforts.

When Jon Heyman, a popular MLB pundit, wrote an intriguing post spotlighting the outstanding catchers from the top eight postseason teams, the waters were roiled. 

He teased the underlying plan by advising teams to "get a stud catcher." He credited Maldonado and Yainer Diaz with helping the Astros to victory.

Postseason catchers left: Dodgers - Smith, Arizona - Moreno, Atlanta - Murphy/d'Arnaud, Philly - Realmuto, Texas - Heim, Baltimore 

Rutschman, Houston - Maldonado/Diaz, Minnesota - Jeffers," according to Jon Heyman. "Each of the eight teams has above-average catching situations."

The Twittersphere rapidly became flooded with opposing perspectives on Maldonado's mention. It's worth noting that Maldonado

has a Gold Glove from his tenure with the Los Angeles Angels in 2017. However, he has never been named to the All-Star team.


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