Since joining the PGBL as an expansion club, the Pittsburgh Cobras haven’t had too much use for backup catchers.
Over a three-season span from 2005-07, John Buck played behind the plate in all but 18 Cobras games, setting the league record of 161 starts at catcher in both 2005 and ’07.
Now more than a decade later, two All-Star players have broken Buck’s record by starting all 162 games – and naturally one of them is a Cobra.
Pittsburgh’s Salvador Perez and Brooklyn’s Buster Posey both made every start in 2016. Perez caught all but 18 1/3 innings for the Cobras while Posey only missed 18 2/3 frames for the Cubs.
Pittsburgh had three other players start every game in first baseman Freddie Freeman, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and third baseman Manny Machado. Brooklyn infielders Dee Gordon and Miguel Sano also made every start.
In all 28 players made 162 starts, including Vancouver’s Adrian Gonzalez. The former MVP extended his Ironman streak to 1,574 consecutive games, with 1,215 straight starts at first.