Chart: Other MLB catchers who spent time at other positions

  • Updated: February 8, 2014 - 11:00 PM

it’s been done before

Joe Mauer’s switch to first base is not a groundbreaking move. Here are five other good-hitting catchers who spent considerable time at other positions:

Yogi Berra

Career: 1946-65

Starts at catcher: 1,641

Starts elsewhere: 248 (including 246 in OF)

Year/age when last caught 100 games: 1959 / 34

Joe Torre

Career: 1960-77

Starts at catcher: 836

Starts elsewhere: 1,207

(including 1,206 at 1B or 3B)

Year/age when last caught 100 games: 1967 / 26

B.J. Surhoff

Career: 1987-2005

Starts at catcher: 648

Starts elsewhere: 1,463 (including 935 in OF, 280 at 3B)

Year/age when last caught 100 games: 1992 / 27

Brian Downing

Career: 1973-92

Starts at catcher: 610

Starts elsewhere: 1,544 (including 790 at DH, 750 in OF)

Year/age when last caught 100 games: 1979 / 28

Craig Biggio

Career: 1988-2007

Starts at catcher: 392

Starts elsewhere: 2,331 (including 1,959 at 2B, 352 in OF)

Year/age when last caught 100 games: 1991 / 25

how mauer compares

Career: 2004-????

Starts at catcher: 885

Starts elsewhere: 243 (including 188 at DH, 54 at 1B)

Year/age when last caught 100 games: 2010 / 27

 

Source: baseball-reference.com

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