• The Greatest Fielding SS Of All-Time Is…

    Posted by on December 1st, 2012 · Comments (2)

    First, start with this list -

    Rk Player Rfield From To Age G
    1 Mark Belanger 240 1965 1982 21-38 2016
    2 Ozzie Smith 239 1978 1996 23-41 2573
    3 Joe Tinker 180 1902 1916 21-35 1806
    4 Luis Aparicio 147 1956 1973 22-39 2601
    5 Art Fletcher 144 1909 1922 24-37 1533
    6 Jack Wilson 141 2001 2012 23-34 1370
    7 Marty Marion 130 1940 1953 22-35 1572
    8 Rabbit Maranville 130 1912 1935 20-43 2670
    9 Omar Vizquel 129 1989 2012 22-45 2968
    10 Lou Boudreau 118 1938 1952 20-34 1646
    11 Adam Everett 117 2001 2011 24-34 880
    12 Pee Wee Reese 117 1940 1958 21-39 2166
    13 Phil Rizzuto 116 1941 1956 23-38 1661
    14 Billy Jurges 113 1931 1947 23-39 1816
    15 Bobby Wallace 110 1901 1918 27-44 1743
    16 Ozzie Guillen 105 1985 2000 21-36 1993
    17 Roger Peckinpaugh 100 1910 1927 19-36 2011
    18 George McBride 99 1901 1920 20-39 1659
    19 Brendan Ryan 95 2007 2012 25-30 679
    20 Everett Scott 95 1914 1926 21-33 1654
    21 Dave Bancroft 93 1915 1930 24-39 1913
    22 Roy McMillan 92 1951 1966 21-36 2092
    23 Ron Hansen 87 1958 1972 20-34 1384
    24 George Davis 85 1901 1909 30-38 990
    25 Greg Gagne 83 1983 1997 21-35 1798
    26 Ed Brinkman 79 1961 1975 19-33 1846
    27 Eddie Miller 79 1936 1950 19-33 1510
    28 Bill Dahlen 77 1901 1911 31-41 1203
    29 Alan Trammell 75 1977 1996 19-38 2293
    30 Honus Wagner 75 1901 1917 27-43 2298
    31 Bill Russell 73 1969 1986 20-37 2181
    32 Tony Kubek 73 1957 1965 21-29 1092
    33 Glenn Wright 71 1924 1935 23-34 1119
    34 Freddy Parent 70 1901 1911 25-35 1325
    35 Troy Tulowitzki 68 2006 2012 21-27 744
    36 Mike Bordick 68 1990 2003 24-37 1720
    37 Rafael Furcal 67 2000 2012 22-34 1605
    38 Cesar Izturis 64 2001 2012 21-32 1247
    39 Bucky Dent 64 1973 1984 21-32 1392
    40 Gary Disarcina 63 1989 2000 21-32 1086
    41 Chico Carrasquel 63 1950 1959 24-33 1325
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/1/2012.

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    And, then, sort it by Fielding Runs/Game and you get this leader board:

    Rk Player Rfield From To Age G Rfield/G
    1 Brendan Ryan 95 2007 2012 25-30 679 0.1399
    2 Adam Everett 117 2001 2011 24-34 880 0.1330
    3 Mark Belanger 240 1965 1982 21-38 2016 0.1190
    4 Jack Wilson 141 2001 2012 23-34 1370 0.1029
    5 Joe Tinker 180 1902 1916 21-35 1806 0.0997
    6 Art Fletcher 144 1909 1922 24-37 1533 0.0939
    7 Ozzie Smith 239 1978 1996 23-41 2573 0.0929
    8 Troy Tulowitzki 68 2006 2012 21-27 744 0.0914
    9 George Davis 85 1901 1909 30-38 990 0.0859
    10 Marty Marion 130 1940 1953 22-35 1572 0.0827
    11 Lou Boudreau 118 1938 1952 20-34 1646 0.0717
    12 Phil Rizzuto 116 1941 1956 23-38 1661 0.0698
    13 Tony Kubek 73 1957 1965 21-29 1092 0.0668
    14 Bill Dahlen 77 1901 1911 31-41 1203 0.0640
    15 Glenn Wright 71 1924 1935 23-34 1119 0.0634
    16 Bobby Wallace 110 1901 1918 27-44 1743 0.0631
    17 Ron Hansen 87 1958 1972 20-34 1384 0.0629
    18 Billy Jurges 113 1931 1947 23-39 1816 0.0622
    19 George McBride 99 1901 1920 20-39 1659 0.0597
    20 Gary Disarcina 63 1989 2000 21-32 1086 0.0580
    21 Everett Scott 95 1914 1926 21-33 1654 0.0574
    22 Luis Aparicio 147 1956 1973 22-39 2601 0.0565
    23 Pee Wee Reese 117 1940 1958 21-39 2166 0.0540
    24 Freddy Parent 70 1901 1911 25-35 1325 0.0528
    25 Ozzie Guillen 105 1985 2000 21-36 1993 0.0527
    26 Eddie Miller 79 1936 1950 19-33 1510 0.0523
    27 Cesar Izturis 64 2001 2012 21-32 1247 0.0513
    28 Roger Peckinpaugh 100 1910 1927 19-36 2011 0.0497
    29 Rabbit Maranville 130 1912 1935 20-43 2670 0.0487
    30 Dave Bancroft 93 1915 1930 24-39 1913 0.0486
    31 Chico Carrasquel 63 1950 1959 24-33 1325 0.0475
    32 Greg Gagne 83 1983 1997 21-35 1798 0.0462
    33 Bucky Dent 64 1973 1984 21-32 1392 0.0460
    34 Roy McMillan 92 1951 1966 21-36 2092 0.0440
    35 Omar Vizquel 129 1989 2012 22-45 2968 0.0435
    36 Ed Brinkman 79 1961 1975 19-33 1846 0.0428
    37 Rafael Furcal 67 2000 2012 22-34 1605 0.0417
    38 Mike Bordick 68 1990 2003 24-37 1720 0.0395
    39 Bill Russell 73 1969 1986 20-37 2181 0.0335
    40 Alan Trammell 75 1977 1996 19-38 2293 0.0327
    41 Honus Wagner 75 1901 1917 27-43 2298 0.0326

    Man, the Orioles pitchers really had it easy when they had both Belanger and Blair out there.  (Throw Brooks Robinson into that mix too.)  And, yes, Brendan Ryan can pick it…as Adam Everett did back in his time.

    Comments on The Greatest Fielding SS Of All-Time Is…

    1. KPOcala
      December 8th, 2012 | 11:28 pm

      Interesting set of list. I’ve always read that Honus Wagner was THE best, better even than Ozzie. Especially with those tiny gloves and rough fielding surfaces at the time. BTW, it was great to see Bill Russell practically crying on TV because of the ‘unfair infield’ that was Yankee Stadium. I’m sure that Wagner would have smashed him in the face ;)

    2. KPOcala
      December 8th, 2012 | 11:30 pm

      OMG, I just looked up and saw the same Bill Russell on the second list two places above Wagner! Ttlbsht………….

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