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Salvador Perez sets MLB record for innings caught in consecutive years

The Royals’ Salvador Perez has caught more innings in the regular season and postseason the last two years than any other player in major-league history.
The Royals’ Salvador Perez has caught more innings in the regular season and postseason the last two years than any other player in major-league history. deulitt@kcstar.com

This will come to no surprise to Royals fans. Salvador Perez is the most-used catcher over a two-year period in major-league history.

According to STATS, Perez has caught 2,713 regular-season and postseason innings in 2014 and 2015, entering Sunday’s World Series Game 5 against the Mets. The Cubs’ Randy Hundley caught 2,704 innings in 1967-68.

“He’s a horse,” Mets manager Terry Collins said before Game 5 on Sunday. “He’s had some foul tips already in the first part of this series that you wonder if he’s coming back out and yet he does.”

In addition to setting the innings caught record in a 5-3 Royals win in Game 4 on Saturday night, Perez also became the first Royal with three hits in multiple World Series games.

He went 3 for 4 with a double, RBI and run scored on Saturday. In Game 4 of the 2014 World Series at San Francisco, Perez was 3 for 4 with a RBI. Only one other catcher, Mickey Cochrane of the 1934-35 Cardinals, had a three-hit game in consecutive World Series, according to Elias.

Perez caught a major-league record 158 games in 2014, which included 15 in the postseason, and then played on a MLB tour of Japan. In 2015, he played 139 games behind the plate in the regular season and has started all 15 playoff games at catcher entering Sunday.

Chris Fickett: 816-234-4354, @ChrisFickett

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