The Yanks signed Kelly Stinnett, career backup catcher to, well, back up catcher Jorge Posadawhat else?
Stinnett is the ultimate backup catcher for Joe Torre, a man who despises backup catchers. He has never played over 92 games in a season in his twelve years in the bigs, and the year he did play 92 games was with expansion Diamondbacks in their inaugural season. He has played an average of slightly over 55 games a year.
What a great excuse for Torre to run Posada into the ground by September '06!
Oh well. But it did make me wonder if his record of utility futility was unique in baseball history. Could someone have played at least a dozen seasons and appeared in fewer games let's see
As it turns out there are a few whose tuckuses collected even more splinters than Stinnett. Most were career backup catchers. Actually, it's quite an impressive collection of them: