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It has been awhile since we have updated the franchise totals for each of the positions.

It has been awhile since we have updated the franchise totals for each of the positions. The last attempt we had was a quiz back in 2012. While this won't be a quiz, it will still be an update to see how the franchise lists have shifted in the past few years.

When we last did this, there were 161 people who had donned the tools of ignorance. That has now swelled to 172. That includes two that have cracked the Top 25, Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes. Each has surpassed 300 games played. Santana probably will not move up any more (if at all), but with a healthy 2016, Gomes should jump into the Top 15.

I really doubt Gomes, or anyone else, will approach Jim Hegan or Steve O'Neill as those players were from a different era. Catchers no longer play that many games in a season, nor do they stick around for one team for that long. He could surpass Victor Martinez but it is very remote he'll reach Luke Sewell or Sandy Alomar.

Other new players to the total list include Mike Redmond, Luke Carlin, Vinny Rottino, Omir Santos, George Kottaras, Brett Hayes and Adam Moore. Lou Marson was also able to crack the top 25 before he departed.

The other new catcher, Roberto Perez, sits at #49 with 98 games caught and should have a decent shot of moving up pretty quickly as long as he isn't dealt away.

Player

Years

Games Played

1

Jim Hegan

1941-41, 1946-57

1491

2

Steve O'Neill

1911-23

1340

3

Sandy Alomar

1990-2000

950

4

Luke Sewell

1921-32, 1939

941

5

Victor Martinez

2002-09

684

6

Glenn Myatt

1923-35

653

7

Frankie Pytlak

1932-40

597

8

Harry Bemis

1902-10

588

9

Ray Fosse

1967-72, 1976-77

577

10

Joe Azcue

1963-69

561

11

John Romano

1960-64

537

12

Ron Hassey

1978-84

523

13

Chris Bando

1981-88

455

14

Einar Diaz

1996-2002

453

15

Duke Sims

1964-70

399

16

Andy Allanson

1986-89

393

17

Rollie Hemsley

1938-41

377

18

Jay Clarke

1905-10

362

19

Carlos Santana

2010-14

330

20

Yan Gomes

2013-15

302

21

Kelly Shoppach

2006-09, 13

290

22

Russ Nixon

1957-60

257

23

Lou Marson

2009-13

251

24

Joel Skinner

1989-91

227

25

Dave Duncan

1973-74

220

Ted Easterly, Buddy Rosar and Gene Desautels all dropped off the Top 25 since the last tally. Those three, plus the top 25, are the only catchers in team history to have 200 or more games, a mere 16% of the total. There have also only been 20 more that have caught more than 100 games, leaving 124 players with fewer 100 games. Moore and Santos were the newest additions to the list of 17 who have just 1 game caught.