Jim Sundberg, shown here in the 1985 American League Championship Series, caught at least 150 games in three different seasons
Jim Sundberg, shown here in the 1985 American League Championship Series, caught at least 150 games in three different seasons|Orlin Wagner (Associated Press)
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Friday Quickie Quiz & Vintage Digits - J.T. Realmuto, Johnny Bench, Carton Fisk, Fernando Valenzuela, Gary Carter, Randy Hundley

Vol. 3, No. 10

Bob Vetrone

Bob Vetrone

QUICKIE QUIZ

>>> Who is the only Phillie since 1950 to homer in his first major league plate appearance?

(Answer Below)

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VINTAGE DIGITS

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The Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto, whose 133 games caught in 2019 was second in the major leagues, would probably like to catch all 162 some season. But that ain’t won’t be possible in 2020 and extremely improbable anytime in the future.

In fact, Brad Ausmus is the only catcher to reach 150 games in the 2000s, and he did so in 2000.

Here are the players with 150 or more defensive games as catcher in a season since 1960 (via baseball-reference.com):

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160 . . . Randy Hundley, 1968

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155 . . . Jim Sundberg, 1975

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154 . . . Johnny Bench, 1968

154 . . . Ted Simmons, 1975

154 . . . Carlton Fisk, 1978

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153 . . . Ted Simmons, 1973

153 . . . Gary Carter, 1982

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152 . . . Randy Hundley, 1967

152 . . . Gary Carter, 1978

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151 . . . Johnny Edwards, 1969

151 . . . Randy Hundley, 1969

151 . . . Manny Sanguillan, 1974

151 . . . Carlton Fisk, 1977

151 . . . Jim Sundberg, 1980

151 . . . Benito Santiago, 1991

150 . . . Buck Rodgers, 1962

150 . . . Jim Sundberg, 1979

150 . . . Jody Davis, 1983

150 . . . Todd Hundley, 1996

150 . . . Brad Ausmus, 2000

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>>> PHILLIES

Phillies’ road record over the last two seasons:

14-6 (.700) . . . vs. AL Teams

53-89 (.373). . . vs. NL Teams

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On April 22, 1981, rookie lefthander Fernando Valenzuela struck out 11 and the Dodgers topped the Astros, 1-0. He singled in the lone run himself in the fifth inning of his fourth career start.

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>>> PHILLIES

The Phillies dropped their first seven road regular season Interleague games (1997).

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QUICKIE QUIZ ANSWER

>>> Who is the only Phillie since 1950 to homer in his first major league plate appearance?

Answer:

Marlon Anderson on Sept. 8, 1998.

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