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Saturday, November 19, 2016

MLB Catchers’ Workloads Keep Decreasing | BaseballAmerica.com

Rewind to the 1960s and 1970s and ironmen such Randy Hundley and Ted Simmons would regularly catch 150-plus games in a season. Hundley even caught a hard-to-comprehend, MLB-record 160 games in 1968. By the 1980s and 1990s, it was more common to see Jason Kendall or other league leaders top 140 games, although Todd Hundley (son of Randy) did live up to his lineage with 150 games caught in 1996 and Brad Ausmus caught 150 in 2000.

That 150 games caught in the final year of the 20th century did mark the end of an era. No catcher has caught 150 regular season games since. Nowadays, the 140-game catcher is a very rare sight. Where there were three in one season as recently as 2008, there have been only three in the past six seasons combined. In 2016, Yadier Molina was the only catcher to catch more than 130 games. Only seven catchers caught 120+ games.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 33 comment(s)
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