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Yrs = Years of Major League Play
Cnt = Number of Catchers with Each of these Years in MLB
GmAvg = Average Number of Games for these Catchers
%Cnt = Percentage of these Catchers of All Catchers
Years = Total Years of All Catchers for this Group of Catchers
Percentile = Cumulative Percent of Catchers (%Cnt) from 1 year to Group Year

Note: Only those 1,582 catchers whose primary career position was at catcher are included.


Yrs Cnt GmAvg %Cnt Years Percentile
1 439 11.2 0.277 439 0.277
2 218 39.8 0.138 436 0.415
3 148 79.4 0.094 444 0.509
4 112 129.7 0.071 448 0.580
5 85 199.8 0.054 425 0.633
6 73 233.7 0.046 438 0.680
7 73 349.1 0.046 511 0.726
8 68 439.3 0.043 544 0.769
9 57 528.2 0.036 513 0.805
10 60 633.2 0.038 600 0.843
11 54 712.4 0.034 594 0.877
12 36 823.9 0.023 432 0.899
13 41 974.7 0.026 533 0.925
14 34 1118.3 0.021 476 0.947
15 20 1129.9 0.013 300 0.960
16 14 1310.9 0.009 224 0.968
17 18 1434.7 0.011 306 0.980
18 14 1540.9 0.009 252 0.989
19 9 1866.8 0.006 171 0.994
20 2 1810.0 0.001 40 0.996
21 4 1827.0 0.003 84 0.998
24 2 2132.5 0.001 48 0.999
26 1 1781.0 0.001 26 1.000
Tot 1582   1.000 8284 1.000
AVG   294.3   5.236  

  • Career Lengths range from 1 year (439 catchers or 27.7%) to 26 years (1 catcher Deacon Mcguire 0.063%).
  • The average number of years played was 5.236
  • The median number of years played was 2.9
  • The percent playing just two years was 13.8% (218)
  • Half of the catchers 50.9% (805) had career lengths of 3 years or less.
  • Fifteen percent (309) had career lengths of 10 or more years.
  • Four percent (84) had 15 or more years of service.
  • 0.4% reached career lengths of at least 20 years (all 9 of the guys)
  • The "average number of games played" for all 1,582 catchers was 294.3.
  • The "average number of games played" for the 805 catchers with 3 years or fewer service was 31.4 career games.