As one might expect the second most plate appearances in a season without a Run Batted In belongs to another player of the dead ball era, Bobby Messenger. While Good played for a miserable Boston team, Messenger actually player for a respectable White Sox club. Both outfielders, Messenger was a speedy player who was capable of beating out groundballs and routinely scored whenever he was on base. He is a kind of guy you simply cannot imagine would be unlucky enough to be without an RBI in some fashion. Whereas Good was simply bad.
Joseph comes in at third most plate appearances without a Run Batted In. He finds himself a little unique in that he is, more or less, a veteran. Good and Messenger were both rookies given extended looks. Joseph maintains his place because he has been able to be passable at the plate in years past and excel behind the plate. He also is a manager favorite, which tends to play a role in how one finds job security as a backup catcher.
That said, Joseph must be making coaches and front office staff question whether he is an actual piece for the future. Before this season, there was some talk that Joseph would be a fringe All Star catcher as long as he was physical enough to crouch behind the plate for more than 100 games a season (most scouts I have talked to think he cannot shoulder a starting catcher load). As this season reaches an end, one might think that Joseph might actually have played himself off the active roster for 2017.
Yes, the defense is still there. No, it is not quite as remarkable as it was in his first season. Teams have quickly come to realize the value of a catcher who frames a pitch well and that has decreased his value. If his bat fails to show any glimmer, then Joseph might find himself beginning the year in Norfolk or even another clubhouse.
Position Players with most PA in a Season without an RBI