• The Greatest Fielding RF Of All-Time Is…

    Posted by on December 10th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    First, start with this list -

    Rk Player Rfield From To Age G
    1 Roberto Clemente 204 1955 1972 20-37 2433
    2 Jesse Barfield 161 1981 1992 21-32 1428
    3 Ichiro Suzuki 96 2001 2012 27-38 1911
    4 Larry Walker 95 1989 2005 22-38 1988
    5 Sammy Sosa 85 1989 2007 20-38 2354
    6 Harry Hooper 77 1909 1925 21-37 2309
    7 J.D. Drew 69 1998 2011 22-35 1566
    8 Dwight Evans 65 1972 1991 20-39 2606
    9 Jeff Francoeur 54 2005 2012 21-28 1146
    10 Jason Heyward 50 2010 2012 20-22 428
    11 Johnny Callison 47 1958 1973 19-34 1886
    12 Tom Brunansky 44 1981 1994 20-33 1800
    13 Ellis Valentine 39 1975 1985 20-30 894
    14 Gene Moore 38 1931 1945 21-35 1042
    15 Ival Goodman 31 1935 1944 26-35 1108
    16 Mike Mitchell 31 1907 1914 27-34 1124
    17 Hank Bauer 27 1948 1961 25-38 1544
    18 Giancarlo Stanton 26 2010 2012 20-22 373
    19 Curt Walker 24 1919 1930 22-33 1360
    20 Elmer Flick 24 1901 1910 25-34 1084
    21 Trot Nixon 23 1996 2008 22-34 1092
    22 Paul Waner 23 1926 1945 23-42 2550
    23 Jackie Jensen 22 1950 1961 23-34 1438
    24 Raul Mondesi 20 1993 2005 22-34 1525
    25 Hunter Pence 19 2007 2012 24-29 894
    26 Jay Bruce 17 2008 2012 21-25 669
    27 Justin Upton 17 2007 2012 19-24 731
    28 Ross Youngs 15 1917 1926 20-29 1211
    29 Lou Clinton 14 1960 1967 22-29 691
    30 Bill Nicholson 14 1936 1953 21-38 1678
    31 Nick Markakis 13 2006 2012 22-28 1050
    32 Lance Richbourg 13 1921 1932 23-34 698
    33 Tony Barron 12 1996 1997 29-30 58
    34 Jimmy Sebring 12 1902 1909 20-27 363
    35 Sixto Lezcano 11 1974 1985 20-31 1291
    36 Grover Gilmore 10 1914 1915 25-26 258
    37 Al Cowens 9 1974 1986 22-34 1584
    38 Paul O’Neill 8 1985 2001 22-38 2053
    39 Socks Seybold 8 1901 1908 30-37 975
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/9/2012.

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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 Tony Barron 12 1996 1997 29-30 58 0.2069
    2 Jason Heyward 50 2010 2012 20-22 428 0.1168
    3 Jesse Barfield 161 1981 1992 21-32 1428 0.1127
    4 Roberto Clemente 204 1955 1972 20-37 2433 0.0838
    5 Giancarlo Stanton 26 2010 2012 20-22 373 0.0697
    6 Ichiro Suzuki 96 2001 2012 27-38 1911 0.0502
    7 Larry Walker 95 1989 2005 22-38 1988 0.0478
    8 Jeff Francoeur 54 2005 2012 21-28 1146 0.0471
    9 J.D. Drew 69 1998 2011 22-35 1566 0.0441
    10 Ellis Valentine 39 1975 1985 20-30 894 0.0436
    11 Grover Gilmore 10 1914 1915 25-26 258 0.0388
    12 Gene Moore 38 1931 1945 21-35 1042 0.0365
    13 Sammy Sosa 85 1989 2007 20-38 2354 0.0361
    14 Harry Hooper 77 1909 1925 21-37 2309 0.0333
    15 Jimmy Sebring 12 1902 1909 20-27 363 0.0331
    16 Ival Goodman 31 1935 1944 26-35 1108 0.0280
    17 Mike Mitchell 31 1907 1914 27-34 1124 0.0276
    18 Jay Bruce 17 2008 2012 21-25 669 0.0254
    19 Dwight Evans 65 1972 1991 20-39 2606 0.0249
    20 Johnny Callison 47 1958 1973 19-34 1886 0.0249
    21 Tom Brunansky 44 1981 1994 20-33 1800 0.0244
    22 Justin Upton 17 2007 2012 19-24 731 0.0233
    23 Elmer Flick 24 1901 1910 25-34 1084 0.0221
    24 Hunter Pence 19 2007 2012 24-29 894 0.0213
    25 Trot Nixon 23 1996 2008 22-34 1092 0.0211
    26 Lou Clinton 14 1960 1967 22-29 691 0.0203
    27 Lance Richbourg 13 1921 1932 23-34 698 0.0186
    28 Curt Walker 24 1919 1930 22-33 1360 0.0176
    29 Hank Bauer 27 1948 1961 25-38 1544 0.0175
    30 Jackie Jensen 22 1950 1961 23-34 1438 0.0153
    31 Raul Mondesi 20 1993 2005 22-34 1525 0.0131
    32 Ross Youngs 15 1917 1926 20-29 1211 0.0124
    33 Nick Markakis 13 2006 2012 22-28 1050 0.0124
    34 Paul Waner 23 1926 1945 23-42 2550 0.0090
    35 Sixto Lezcano 11 1974 1985 20-31 1291 0.0085
    36 Bill Nicholson 14 1936 1953 21-38 1678 0.0083
    37 Socks Seybold 8 1901 1908 30-37 975 0.0082
    38 Al Cowens 9 1974 1986 22-34 1584 0.0057
    39 Paul O’Neill 8 1985 2001 22-38 2053 0.0039

    O.K., throw out Barron for the sample size.    And, since Heyward is still young, the nod here has to go to Jesse Barfield.

    Lastly, for the record:  Who knew Sammy Sosa was that much better than Dewey Evans?

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