Ivan Rodríguez, the all-time leader in putouts by a catcher.
Ivan Rodríguez, the all-time leader in putouts by a catcher.

In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO) is given to a defensive player who records an out by tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout), catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a Force out), catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play, catching a third strike (a strikeout), catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout), or being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference.

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[1][2][3] is the all-time leader in putouts at the catcher position with 14,864 career putouts. Yadier Molina[4] (14,601) is second all-time and the only other catcher to record 14,000 or more career putouts.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career putouts. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2021 POs) Number of recorded putouts during the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
PO as C Total career putouts as a catcher.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[a]

List

Yadier Molina, the active leader and second all-time in putouts by a catcher
Yadier Molina, the active leader and second all-time in putouts by a catcher
Rank Player (2021 POs) PO as C
1 Iván Rodríguez * 14,864
2 Yadier Molina (869) 14,610
3 Jason Kendall 13,019
4 Brad Ausmus 12,839
5 A. J. Pierzynski 12,600
6 Brian McCann 12,048
7 Gary Carter * 11,785
8 Russell Martin 11,612
9 Carlton Fisk * 11,369
10 Bob Boone 11,260
11 Tony Peña 11,212
12 Mike Piazza * 10,844
13 Benito Santiago 10,816
14 Kurt Suzuki (597) 10,528
15 Jason Varitek 10,166
16 Jorge Posada 10,016
17 Bill Freehan 9,941
18 Jim Sundberg 9,767
19 Lance Parrish 9,647
20 John Roseboro 9,291
21 Johnny Bench * 9,249
22 Ramón Hernández 9,012
23 Javy López 8,990
24 Johnny Edwards 8,925
25 Ted Simmons * 8,906
26 Yogi Berra * 8,738
27 Buster Posey (882) 8,359
28 Mike Scioscia 8,335
29 Tim McCarver 8,206
30 Bengie Molina 8,122
31 Dan Wilson 8,109
32 Jerry Grote 8,081
33 Jonathan Lucroy (50) 8,039
34 Bill Dickey * 7,965
35 Mike Lieberthal 7,829
36 Matt Wieters (0) 7,697
37 Carlos Ruiz 7,668
38 Sandy Alomar Jr. 7,667
39 Joe Girardi 7,619
40 Chris Iannetta 7,613
41 Miguel Montero 7,516
42 Jim Hegan 7,506
43 Terry Steinbach 7,505
44 Salvador Pérez (975) 7,486
45 Rick Dempsey 7,367
46 Del Crandall 7,352
47 Gabby Hartnett * 7,292
48 Yasmani Grandal (688) 7,271
49 Wilson Ramos (233) 7,256
50 Rick Ferrell * 7,248
Rank Player (2021 POs) PO as C
51 Charles Johnson 7,218
52 Ray Schalk 7,168
53 Mike Matheny 7,117
54 Alan Ashby 7,086
55 Sherm Lollar 7,059
56 Tom Haller 7,012
57 Deacon McGuire 6,856
58 Roy Campanella * 6,817
59 Rod Barajas 6,768
Yan Gomes (729) 6,768
61 Darrell Porter 6,756
62 John Buck 6,733
63 Damian Miller 6,696
64 Darrin Fletcher 6,678
65 Miguel Olivo 6,675
66 Alex Avila (229) 6,658
67 Al López * 6,644
68 Terry Kennedy 6,555
69 Rick Cerone 6,548
70 Todd Hundley 6,535
71 Elston Howard 6,447
72 Martín Maldonado (1,049) 6,440
73 Mickey Cochrane * 6,414
74 Paul Lo Duca 6,311
75 Jeff Mathis (23) 6,294
76 Butch Wynegar 6,281
77 Mike Zunino (906) 6,273
78 Thurman Munson 6,253
79 Brent Mayne 6,186
80 Earl Battey 6,176
81 J. T. Realmuto (1,057) 6,162
82 Don Slaught 6,158
83 Gregg Zaun 6,134
84 Jason Castro (363) 6,123
85 Dioner Navarro 6,113
86 Steve Yeager 6,110
87 Ernie Whitt 6,091
88 Joe Oliver 6,059
89 Nick Hundley 6,045
90 José Molina 6,033
91 Michael Barrett 6,020
92 Manny Sanguillén 5,996
93 Brian Schneider 5,987
94 Steve O'Neill 5,967
95 Rollie Hemsley 5,868
96 Joe Mauer 5,831
97 John Flaherty 5,784
98 Randy Hundley 5,765
99 Tyler Flowers 5,700
100 Ernie Lombardi * 5,694

Notes

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

References

  1. ^ "Iván Rodríguez Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  2. ^ West, Steve. "Ivan Rodriguez Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "Iván Rodríguez Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  4. ^ "Yadier Molina Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved June 28, 2021.