The offensive performance of catchers in the Major Leagues improves despite the sacrifice behind the plate

The offensive performance of catchers in the Major Leagues improves despite the sacrifice behind the plate

Milwaukee- Slowed by stiff knees and frequently hit by balls and bats, Major League catchers often define themselves by what they do on defense, even if that limits what they can accomplish with the ball.

But perhaps because of the universal designated hitter rule and strategic changes, such as taking a knee, catchers are improving.

In the Major Leagues, they had an OPS of .691 as of Wednesday, not far from the .697 posted by players at all positions. The last season in which catchers had an OPS higher than the overall major league record was 1879.

And the closest this phenomenon has come to repeating itself since 1900 was in 1977, when catchers hit .733, while the overall average was .741.

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