Ivan Rodríguez, the all-time leader in games played as a catcher.
Ivan Rodríguez, the all-time leader in games played as a catcher.

Games played (most often abbreviated as G or GP) is a statistic used in team sports to indicate the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity); the statistic is generally applied irrespective of whatever portion of the game is contested. In baseball, the statistic applies also to players who, prior to a game, are included on a starting lineup card or are announced as ex ante substitutes, whether or not they play,[1] although, in Major League Baseball, the application of this statistic does not extend to consecutive games played streaks. A starting pitcher, then, may be credited with a game played even as he is not credited with a game started or an inning pitched.

Catcher is a position for a baseball or softball player. When a batter takes his/her turn to hit, the catcher crouches behind home plate, in front of the (home) umpire, and receives the ball from the pitcher. In addition to these primary duties, the catcher is also called upon to master many other skills in order to field the position well. The role of the catcher is similar to that of the wicket-keeper in cricket.

Iván Rodríguez[2][3][4] is the all-time leader in games played as a catcher, playing 2,427 games at the position.[5] Carlton Fisk[6] (2,226), Bob Boone[7] (2,225), Yadier Molina[8] (2,146), Gary Carter[9] (2,056), and Jason Kendall[10] (2,025) are the only other players to play 2,000 or more games at the catcher position. Molina is the only catcher to play 2,000 games with the same team.[11][12][13]

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career games played. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2022 Gs) Number of games played during the 2022 Major League Baseball season.
G as C Total career games played as a catcher.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[a]

List

Yadier Molina, the active leader and 4th all-time in games played as a catcher.
Yadier Molina, the active leader and 4th all-time in games played as a catcher.
Rank Player (2022 Gs) G as C
1 Iván Rodríguez * 2,427
2 Carlton Fisk * 2,226
3 Bob Boone 2,225
4 Yadier Molina (43) 2,150
5 Gary Carter * 2,056
6 Jason Kendall 2,025
7 Tony Peña 1,950
8 Brad Ausmus 1,938
9 A. J. Pierzynski 1,936
10 Jim Sundberg 1,927
11 Al López * 1,918
12 Benito Santiago 1,917
13 Lance Parrish 1,818
14 Rick Ferrell * 1,806
15 Gabby Hartnett * 1,793
16 Ted Simmons * 1,771
17 Johnny Bench * 1,742
18 Ray Schalk * 1,727
19 Bill Dickey * 1,708
20 Yogi Berra * 1,699
21 Rick Dempsey 1,633
22 Mike Piazza * 1,630
23 Jim Hegan 1,629
24 Brian McCann 1,612
Deacon McGuire 1,612
26 Bill Freehan 1,581
27 Russell Martin 1,579
28 Jorge Posada 1,574
29 Sherm Lollar 1,571
30 Luke Sewell 1,562
31 Ernie Lombardi * 1,544
32 Steve O'Neill 1,532
33 Kurt Suzuki (33) 1,529
34 Darrell Porter 1,506
35 Jason Varitek 1,488
36 Rollie Hemsley 1,482
37 Del Crandall 1,479
38 John Roseboro 1,476
39 Mickey Cochrane * 1,451
40 Ramón Hernández 1,447
41 Wally Schang 1,435
42 Muddy Ruel 1,410
43 Mike Scioscia 1,395
44 Johnny Edwards 1,392
45 Tim McCarver 1,387
46 Terry Steinbach 1,381
47 Terry Kennedy 1,378
48 Gus Mancuso 1,360
49 Javy López 1,351
Jimmie Wilson 1,351
Rank Player (2022 Gs) G as C
51 Jerry Grote 1,348
52 Bob O'Farrell 1,338
53 Sandy Alomar Jr. 1,324
54 Wilbert Robinson * 1,316
55 Frankie Hayes 1,311
56 Alan Ashby 1,299
57 Mike Matheny 1,285
Bengie Molina 1,285
59 Spud Davis 1,282
60 Dan Wilson 1,281
61 Rick Cerone 1,279
62 Thurman Munson 1,278
63 Del Rice 1,249
64 Joe Girardi 1,247
Frank Snyder 1,247
Butch Wynegar 1,247
67 Ernie Whitt 1,246
68 Chief Zimmer 1,239
69 Don Slaught 1,237
70 Ivey Wingo 1,233
71 Steve Yeager 1,230
72 Hank Severeid 1,225
73 Walker Cooper 1,223
74 Andy Seminick 1,213
75 Tom Haller 1,199
76 Malachi Kittridge 1,197
77 Red Dooin 1,195
78 George Gibson 1,194
79 Roy Campanella * 1,183
80 Mickey Owen 1,175
81 Mike Lieberthal 1,170
82 Johnny Kling 1,169
83 Charles Johnson 1,160
84 Darrin Fletcher 1,143
Brent Mayne 1,143
86 Smoky Burgess 1,139
87 Elston Howard 1,138
88 Chris Iannetta 1,122
Billy Sullivan 1,122
90 Manny Sanguillén 1,114
91 Cy Perkins 1,111
92 Birdie Tebbetts 1,108
93 Phil Masi 1,101
94 Jonathan Lucroy (0) 1,098
95 Todd Hundley 1,096
96 Buster Posey 1,093
97 Earl Battey 1,087
98 Carlos Ruiz 1,085
99 Mike Heath 1,083
100 Miguel Montero 1,077

Notes

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References

  1. ^ Section 20 of the official scorer guidelines
  2. ^ "Iván Rodríguez Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Iván Rodríguez Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  4. ^ West, Steve. "Ivan Rodriguez Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "Rodriguez's records won't be easy to catch". ESPN. April 18, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "Carlton Fisk Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "Bob Boone Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Yadier Molina Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "Gary Carter Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "Jason Kendall Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Axisa, Mike (April 14, 2021). "Cardinals' Yadier Molina becomes first MLB player to catch 2,000 games with one team". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  12. ^ Silver, Zachary (April 14, 2021). "Yadier Molina Catches 2,000th Game". MLB.com. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  13. ^ Rivera, Joe (April 14, 2021). "Yadier Molina enters MLB record books with 2,000th game caught with Cardinals". Sporting News. Retrieved April 15, 2021.