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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Killing Salvador Perez

Erik Kratz is the Maytag man of baseball.

Salvador Perez’s personal experience of the 2014 season was akin to wandering into a time machine and going back 40 or 50 years. The 24-year-old Royals backstop started 143 games at catcher, the most in the majors, was a defensive replacement in three more, and then added another 15 starts in the postseason. That total of 158 starts was the most by any catcher in at least a century and represented the kind of workload that was a regular occurrence for players such as Johnny Bench, but that teams have largely decided is not in their best interests.

Ned Yost and pals can’t be faulted for riding Perez hard. The playoffs last four rounds nowadays, and you’re not going to start Erik Kratz in a key game if you can help it. What makes the whole thing curious is the team’s consent or acquiescence in the matter of Perez going off to Japan with a team of all-stars to catch yet more games. With two more games caught and the possibility of five more to come, Perez is on the verge of going where no major league catcher has gone before. In 1968, Randy Hundley of the Cubs started 156 games for the Cubs and entered late in four other contests for a total of 160 games played. Assuming each player had a like number of spring training squats, Perez may finish his tour of the Pacific Rim as the catcher to have put the most mileage on his odometer in a single year.

The funny thing is it may not matter, at least, not in the near term.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 13, 2014 at 01:41 PM | 29 comment(s)
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