I understand that catchers are the type of position player that you would ever expect to steal. They’re are very very few in today’s game with anything that even resembles average speed, let alone base-stealing ability. Regardless, I took a look at some career stolen base totals for some active catchers and oh my god let’s relate it to Barry Bonds because Barry Bonds etc.
Earlier in his epic career, Barry Bonds actually stole a ton of bases. He was rather skinny and very quick on the basepaths, stealing a career high 52 bags in his 1990 campaign with Pittsburgh, and stealing at least 28 in nine other seasons. But let’s fast forward to the end of Barry Bonds’ career…
In his final two seasons (2006 and 2007), Barry Bonds played in a total 256 games. He came to the plate 970 times. In that final span, Barry Bonds stole eight bases and was not caught once.
This may seem unimpressive, even if you remember that he was FORTY THREE YEARS OLD. But let’s put it in perspective.
Here’s a list of five players on current active rosters:
- C Ryan Hanigan
- C Chris Snyder
- C Miguel Montero
- C Geovany Soto
- 1B Adrian Gonzalez
For their entire careers, these five players have combined for 3,662 games played and 13,932 plate appearances. And yet, these five players have combined to steal EIGHT BASES AND HAVE BEEN CAUGHT TWELVE TIMES.
Bonus fact: Barry Bonds’ career high for strikeouts in a season is 102. That season was his rookie campaign in 1986 as a 21 year old.