Over the first six seasons of his major league career, Martin Maldonado never caught more than 74 games in a season. He was forever Jonathan Lucroy’s backup in Milwaukee.
Now, in his first season as an Angel, the 30-year-old Maldonado leads the big leagues in games caught. Saturday marked his 82nd appearance and 79th start of the season, out of the Angels’ 99 games. He is on pace to appear in 134 games.
Among major leaguers, only St. Louis’ Yadier Molina has started more games — 81 — and he has never entered as a substitute.
Yet the Angels say Maldonado is not exhibiting any signs of fatigue because of the increased...