• Baseball’s Greatest Fielders By Position

    Posted by on December 14th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    This is for non-pitchers since 1901:

    Position/Research Link Greatest All-Time Honorable Mention Greatest Active
    C Yadier Molina Jim Sundberg Yadier Molina
    1B Keith Hernandez John Olerud Mark Teixeira
    2B Joe Gordon Mark Ellis Chase Utley
    3B Brooks Robinson Clete Boyer Evan Longoria
    SS Mark Belanger Jack Wilson Brendan Ryan
    LF Barry Bonds Bernard Gilkey Carl Crawford
    CF Paul Blair Devon White Austin Jackson
    RF Jesse Barfield Roberto Clemente  Ichiro Suzuki

    Of course, this list means no disrespect to players like Willie Mays, Tris Speaker, Johnny Bench, Ivan Rodriguez, Ozzie Smith, Luis Aparicio, Adrian Beltre, Mike Schmidt, Bill Mazeroski, Frank White, Bill Terry, Vic Power, Dwight Evans, Dave Parker, Rickey Henderson and others.  It’s just that I think those listed above are the best defensively, all-time and currently, based only on their merits in the field (and not including what they did at bat).  Your mileage may vary….

    …but, I encourage you to click the links in the Position/Research Link column to see the data behind these selections.

    The Greatest Fielding LF Of All-Time Is…

    Posted by on December 14th, 2012 · Comments (0)

    First, start with this list -

    Rk Player Rfield From To Age G
    1 Barry Bonds 175 1986 2007 21-42 2986
    2 Luis Gonzalez 88 1990 2008 22-40 2591
    3 Carl Crawford 79 2002 2012 20-30 1396
    4 Jimmy Sheckard 71 1901 1913 22-34 1772
    5 Bernard Gilkey 68 1990 2001 23-34 1239
    6 Fred Clarke 67 1901 1915 28-42 1373
    7 Zack Wheat 54 1909 1927 21-39 2410
    8 Goose Goslin 50 1921 1938 20-37 2287
    9 Joe Medwick 45 1932 1948 20-36 1984
    10 Matty McIntyre 38 1901 1912 21-32 1072
    11 Roy White 34 1965 1979 21-35 1881
    12 Bobby Veach 30 1912 1925 24-37 1822
    13 Minnie Minoso 27 1949 1980 23-54 1835
    14 Duffy Lewis 24 1910 1921 22-33 1459
    15 Morrie Arnovich 22 1936 1946 25-35 590
    16 Ken Williams 21 1915 1929 25-39 1398
    17 Mike Greenwell 18 1985 1996 21-32 1269
    18 Bob Johnson 18 1933 1945 27-39 1863
    19 Joe Vosmik 18 1930 1944 20-34 1414
    20 Hal Lee 16 1930 1936 25-31 752
    21 Pat Duncan 11 1915 1924 21-30 727
    22 Willie Hogan 10 1911 1912 26-27 238
    23 Eric Tipton 9 1939 1945 24-30 501
    24 George Stone 9 1903 1910 26-33 848
    25 Tommy Dowd 8 1901 1901 32-32 138
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/14/2012.

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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 Barry Bonds 175 1986 2007 21-42 2986 0.0586
    2 Tommy Dowd 8 1901 1901 32-32 138 0.0580
    3 Carl Crawford 79 2002 2012 20-30 1396 0.0566
    4 Bernard Gilkey 68 1990 2001 23-34 1239 0.0549
    5 Fred Clarke 67 1901 1915 28-42 1373 0.0488
    6 Willie Hogan 10 1911 1912 26-27 238 0.0420
    7 Jimmy Sheckard 71 1901 1913 22-34 1772 0.0401
    8 Morrie Arnovich 22 1936 1946 25-35 590 0.0373
    9 Matty McIntyre 38 1901 1912 21-32 1072 0.0354
    10 Luis Gonzalez 88 1990 2008 22-40 2591 0.0340
    11 Joe Medwick 45 1932 1948 20-36 1984 0.0227
    12 Zack Wheat 54 1909 1927 21-39 2410 0.0224
    13 Goose Goslin 50 1921 1938 20-37 2287 0.0219
    14 Hal Lee 16 1930 1936 25-31 752 0.0213
    15 Roy White 34 1965 1979 21-35 1881 0.0181
    16 Eric Tipton 9 1939 1945 24-30 501 0.0180
    17 Bobby Veach 30 1912 1925 24-37 1822 0.0165
    18 Duffy Lewis 24 1910 1921 22-33 1459 0.0164
    19 Pat Duncan 11 1915 1924 21-30 727 0.0151
    20 Ken Williams 21 1915 1929 25-39 1398 0.0150
    21 Minnie Minoso 27 1949 1980 23-54 1835 0.0147
    22 Mike Greenwell 18 1985 1996 21-32 1269 0.0142
    23 Joe Vosmik 18 1930 1944 20-34 1414 0.0127
    24 George Stone 9 1903 1910 26-33 848 0.0106
    25 Bob Johnson 18 1933 1945 27-39 1863 0.0097

    Interesting results.  I think this list tells us two things.  First, if a guy is an excellent fielding outfielder, his team is eventually going to give him more time in CF or RF than in LF.  And, second, other than a few exceptions, most times, a guy who mostly plays LF all the time is not typically a great defensive player.

    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?

    The Greatest Fielding 1B Of All-Time Is…

    Posted by on December 7th, 2012 · Comments (6)

    First, start with this list -

    Rk Player Rfield From To Age G
    1 Keith Hernandez 117 1974 1990 20-36 2088
    2 John Olerud 102 1989 2005 20-36 2234
    3 Mark Teixeira 90 2003 2012 23-32 1497
    4 George Scott 84 1966 1979 22-35 2034
    5 Wally Pipp 80 1913 1928 20-35 1872
    6 Mark Grace 76 1988 2003 24-39 2245
    7 Todd Helton 74 1997 2012 23-38 2123
    8 Bill Terry 73 1923 1936 24-37 1720
    9 Pete O’Brien 69 1982 1993 24-35 1567
    10 Vic Power 68 1954 1965 26-37 1627
    11 Frank McCormick 62 1934 1948 23-37 1534
    12 Tino Martinez 60 1990 2005 22-37 2023
    13 Bill White 57 1956 1969 22-35 1673
    14 Jeff Bagwell 55 1991 2005 23-37 2150
    15 Wally Joyner 54 1986 2001 24-39 2033
    16 High Pockets Kelly 52 1915 1932 19-36 1623
    17 Fred Tenney 52 1901 1911 29-39 1319
    18 Frank Chance 51 1901 1914 24-37 1115
    19 Ed Konetchy 50 1907 1921 21-35 2085
    20 Gil Hodges 48 1943 1963 19-39 2072
    21 Bill Skowron 45 1954 1967 23-36 1658
    22 Casey Kotchman 43 2004 2012 21-29 933
    23 George Stovall 43 1904 1915 26-37 1414
    24 Sid Bream 42 1983 1994 22-33 1088
    25 Chick Gandil 41 1910 1919 22-31 1147
    26 Norm Cash 39 1958 1974 23-39 2089
    27 Doug Mientkiewicz 38 1998 2009 24-35 1087
    28 Kevin Young 38 1992 2003 23-34 1205
    29 Wes Parker 36 1964 1972 24-32 1288
    30 Elbie Fletcher 36 1934 1949 18-33 1415
    31 Lu Blue 36 1921 1933 24-36 1615
    32 Joe Judge 35 1915 1934 21-40 2173
    33 Daric Barton 34 2007 2012 21-26 484
    34 Don Mattingly 34 1982 1995 21-34 1785
    35 Phil Todt 34 1924 1931 22-29 957
    36 Adrian Gonzalez 32 2004 2012 22-30 1176
    37 James Loney 32 2006 2012 22-28 926
    38 John Ganzel 32 1901 1908 27-34 654
    39 Lyle Overbay 31 2001 2012 24-35 1324
    40 Chris Chambliss 31 1971 1988 22-39 2175
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/7/2012.

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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 Daric Barton 34 2007 2012 21-26 484 0.0702
    2 Mark Teixeira 90 2003 2012 23-32 1497 0.0601
    3 Keith Hernandez 117 1974 1990 20-36 2088 0.0560
    4 John Ganzel 32 1901 1908 27-34 654 0.0489
    5 Casey Kotchman 43 2004 2012 21-29 933 0.0461
    6 Frank Chance 51 1901 1914 24-37 1115 0.0457
    7 John Olerud 102 1989 2005 20-36 2234 0.0457
    8 Pete O’Brien 69 1982 1993 24-35 1567 0.0440
    9 Wally Pipp 80 1913 1928 20-35 1872 0.0427
    10 Bill Terry 73 1923 1936 24-37 1720 0.0424
    11 Vic Power 68 1954 1965 26-37 1627 0.0418
    12 George Scott 84 1966 1979 22-35 2034 0.0413
    13 Frank McCormick 62 1934 1948 23-37 1534 0.0404
    14 Fred Tenney 52 1901 1911 29-39 1319 0.0394
    15 Sid Bream 42 1983 1994 22-33 1088 0.0386
    16 Chick Gandil 41 1910 1919 22-31 1147 0.0357
    17 Phil Todt 34 1924 1931 22-29 957 0.0355
    18 Doug Mientkiewicz 38 1998 2009 24-35 1087 0.0350
    19 Todd Helton 74 1997 2012 23-38 2123 0.0349
    20 James Loney 32 2006 2012 22-28 926 0.0346
    21 Bill White 57 1956 1969 22-35 1673 0.0341
    22 Mark Grace 76 1988 2003 24-39 2245 0.0339
    23 High Pockets Kelly 52 1915 1932 19-36 1623 0.0320
    24 Kevin Young 38 1992 2003 23-34 1205 0.0315
    25 George Stovall 43 1904 1915 26-37 1414 0.0304
    26 Tino Martinez 60 1990 2005 22-37 2023 0.0297
    27 Wes Parker 36 1964 1972 24-32 1288 0.0280
    28 Adrian Gonzalez 32 2004 2012 22-30 1176 0.0272
    29 Bill Skowron 45 1954 1967 23-36 1658 0.0271
    30 Wally Joyner 54 1986 2001 24-39 2033 0.0266
    31 Jeff Bagwell 55 1991 2005 23-37 2150 0.0256
    32 Elbie Fletcher 36 1934 1949 18-33 1415 0.0254
    33 Ed Konetchy 50 1907 1921 21-35 2085 0.0240
    34 Lyle Overbay 31 2001 2012 24-35 1324 0.0234
    35 Gil Hodges 48 1943 1963 19-39 2072 0.0232
    36 Lu Blue 36 1921 1933 24-36 1615 0.0223
    37 Don Mattingly 34 1982 1995 21-34 1785 0.0190
    38 Norm Cash 39 1958 1974 23-39 2089 0.0187
    39 Joe Judge 35 1915 1934 21-40 2173 0.0161
    40 Chris Chambliss 31 1971 1988 22-39 2175 0.0143

    Is Tex that much better than Donnie Baseball?  The numbers here suggest it…

    The Greatest Fielding Catcher Of All-Time Is…

    Posted by on December 6th, 2012 · Comments (3)

    First, start with this list -

    Rk Player Rfield From To Age G
    1 Ivan Rodriguez 146 1991 2011 19-39 2543
    2 Jim Sundberg 114 1974 1989 23-38 1962
    3 Gary Carter 112 1974 1992 20-38 2295
    4 Bob Boone 106 1972 1990 24-42 2264
    5 Yadier Molina 86 2004 2012 21-29 1082
    6 Brad Ausmus 80 1993 2010 24-41 1971
    7 Johnny Bench 75 1967 1983 19-35 2158
    8 Charles Johnson 73 1994 2005 22-33 1188
    9 Rick Dempsey 71 1969 1992 19-42 1766
    10 Steve Yeager 70 1972 1986 23-37 1269
    11 Del Crandall 70 1949 1966 19-36 1573
    12 Ron Karkovice 62 1986 1997 22-33 939
    13 Clay Dalrymple 62 1960 1971 23-34 1079
    14 Charlie O’Brien 58 1985 2000 25-40 800
    15 Butch Wynegar 54 1976 1988 20-32 1301
    16 Tom Pagnozzi 50 1987 1998 24-35 927
    17 Kirt Manwaring 47 1987 1999 21-33 1008
    18 Tony Pena 46 1980 1997 23-40 1988
    19 Mike LaValliere 46 1984 1995 23-34 879
    20 Ray Schalk 46 1912 1929 19-36 1762
    21 Randy Hundley 42 1964 1977 22-35 1061
    22 Rick Wilkins 41 1991 2001 24-34 720
    23 Sherm Lollar 40 1946 1963 21-38 1752
    24 Lance Parrish 39 1977 1995 21-39 1988
    25 Mike Scioscia 38 1980 1992 21-33 1441
    26 Jody Davis 38 1981 1990 24-33 1082
    27 Jeff Mathis 37 2005 2012 22-29 497
    28 Jason LaRue 36 1999 2010 25-36 922
    29 Dan Wilson 33 1992 2005 23-36 1299
    30 Russell Martin 32 2006 2012 23-29 925
    31 Bruce Benedict 32 1978 1989 22-33 982
    32 Thurman Munson 32 1969 1979 22-32 1423
    33 Mike Ryan 32 1964 1974 22-32 636
    34 Henry Blanco 31 1997 2012 25-40 921
    35 Matt Wieters 31 2009 2012 23-26 509
    36 Paul Lo Duca 31 1998 2008 26-36 1082
    37 Benito Santiago 31 1986 2005 21-40 1978
    38 Yogi Berra 31 1946 1965 21-40 2120
    39 Humberto Quintero 30 2003 2012 23-32 422
    40 Mike Matheny 30 1994 2006 23-35 1305
    41 Steve Lake 30 1983 1993 26-36 476
    42 John Stearns 30 1974 1984 22-32 810
    43 Ed Bailey 30 1953 1966 22-35 1212
    44 Jose Molina 29 1999 2012 24-37 768
    45 Carlos Ruiz 29 2006 2012 27-33 733
    46 Jake Gibbs 29 1962 1971 23-32 537
    47 Alberto Castillo 27 1995 2007 25-37 418
    48 Carlton Fisk 27 1969 1993 21-45 2499
    49 Bill Freehan 27 1961 1976 19-34 1774
    50 Buddy Rosar 24 1939 1951 24-36 988
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/6/2012.

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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 Yadier Molina 86 2004 2012 21-29 1082 0.0795
    2 Jeff Mathis 37 2005 2012 22-29 497 0.0744
    3 Charlie O’Brien 58 1985 2000 25-40 800 0.0725
    4 Humberto Quintero 30 2003 2012 23-32 422 0.0711
    5 Ron Karkovice 62 1986 1997 22-33 939 0.0660
    6 Alberto Castillo 27 1995 2007 25-37 418 0.0646
    7 Steve Lake 30 1983 1993 26-36 476 0.0630
    8 Charles Johnson 73 1994 2005 22-33 1188 0.0614
    9 Matt Wieters 31 2009 2012 23-26 509 0.0609
    10 Jim Sundberg 114 1974 1989 23-38 1962 0.0581
    11 Clay Dalrymple 62 1960 1971 23-34 1079 0.0575
    12 Ivan Rodriguez 146 1991 2011 19-39 2543 0.0574
    13 Rick Wilkins 41 1991 2001 24-34 720 0.0569
    14 Steve Yeager 70 1972 1986 23-37 1269 0.0552
    15 Jake Gibbs 29 1962 1971 23-32 537 0.0540
    16 Tom Pagnozzi 50 1987 1998 24-35 927 0.0539
    17 Mike LaValliere 46 1984 1995 23-34 879 0.0523
    18 Mike Ryan 32 1964 1974 22-32 636 0.0503
    19 Gary Carter 112 1974 1992 20-38 2295 0.0488
    20 Bob Boone 106 1972 1990 24-42 2264 0.0468
    21 Kirt Manwaring 47 1987 1999 21-33 1008 0.0466
    22 Del Crandall 70 1949 1966 19-36 1573 0.0445
    23 Butch Wynegar 54 1976 1988 20-32 1301 0.0415
    24 Brad Ausmus 80 1993 2010 24-41 1971 0.0406
    25 Rick Dempsey 71 1969 1992 19-42 1766 0.0402
    26 Randy Hundley 42 1964 1977 22-35 1061 0.0396
    27 Carlos Ruiz 29 2006 2012 27-33 733 0.0396
    28 Jason LaRue 36 1999 2010 25-36 922 0.0390
    29 Jose Molina 29 1999 2012 24-37 768 0.0378
    30 John Stearns 30 1974 1984 22-32 810 0.0370
    31 Jody Davis 38 1981 1990 24-33 1082 0.0351
    32 Johnny Bench 75 1967 1983 19-35 2158 0.0348
    33 Russell Martin 32 2006 2012 23-29 925 0.0346
    34 Henry Blanco 31 1997 2012 25-40 921 0.0337
    35 Bruce Benedict 32 1978 1989 22-33 982 0.0326
    36 Paul Lo Duca 31 1998 2008 26-36 1082 0.0287
    37 Mike Scioscia 38 1980 1992 21-33 1441 0.0264
    38 Ray Schalk 46 1912 1929 19-36 1762 0.0261
    39 Dan Wilson 33 1992 2005 23-36 1299 0.0254
    40 Ed Bailey 30 1953 1966 22-35 1212 0.0248
    41 Buddy Rosar 24 1939 1951 24-36 988 0.0243
    42 Tony Pena 46 1980 1997 23-40 1988 0.0231
    43 Mike Matheny 30 1994 2006 23-35 1305 0.0230
    44 Sherm Lollar 40 1946 1963 21-38 1752 0.0228
    45 Thurman Munson 32 1969 1979 22-32 1423 0.0225
    46 Lance Parrish 39 1977 1995 21-39 1988 0.0196
    47 Benito Santiago 31 1986 2005 21-40 1978 0.0157
    48 Bill Freehan 27 1961 1976 19-34 1774 0.0152
    49 Yogi Berra 31 1946 1965 21-40 2120 0.0146
    50 Carlton Fisk 27 1969 1993 21-45 2499 0.0108

    I would have expected to see Johnny Bench higher here. But, it’s still nice to see someone like Charlie O’Brien get some props on this list, nonetheless.

    The Greatest Fielding 2B Of All-Time Is…

    Posted by on December 3rd, 2012 · Comments (7)

    First, start with this list -

    Rk Player Rfield From To Age G
    1 Joe Gordon 150 1938 1950 23-35 1566
    2 Bill Mazeroski 146 1956 1972 19-35 2163
    3 Chase Utley 145 2003 2012 24-33 1192
    4 Hughie Critz 130 1924 1935 23-34 1478
    5 Johnny Evers 127 1902 1929 20-47 1784
    6 Frank White 121 1973 1990 22-39 2324
    7 Nellie Fox 119 1947 1965 19-37 2367
    8 Mark Ellis 118 2002 2012 25-35 1236
    9 Willie Randolph 114 1975 1992 20-37 2202
    10 Orlando Hudson 98 2002 2012 24-34 1345
    11 Nap Lajoie 87 1901 1916 26-41 1988
    12 Bobby Grich 81 1970 1986 21-37 2008
    13 Red Schoendienst 78 1945 1963 22-40 2216
    14 Lou Whitaker 75 1977 1995 20-38 2390
    15 Mark Lemke 74 1988 1998 22-32 1069
    16 Bobby Knoop 66 1964 1972 25-33 1153
    17 Claude Ritchey 66 1901 1909 27-35 1149
    18 Dick Green 65 1963 1974 22-33 1288
    19 Dustin Pedroia 60 2006 2012 22-28 856
    20 Ryne Sandberg 60 1981 1997 21-37 2164
    21 Julio Cruz 58 1977 1986 22-31 1156
    22 Billy Herman 55 1931 1947 21-37 1922
    23 Max Bishop 50 1924 1935 24-35 1340
    24 Aaron Hill 48 2005 2012 23-30 1064
    25 Brandon Phillips 48 2002 2012 21-31 1188
    26 Jackie Hayes 45 1927 1940 20-33 1093
    27 Rennie Stennett 44 1971 1981 20-30 1237
    28 Bobby Doerr 43 1937 1951 19-33 1865
    29 Ted Sizemore 41 1969 1980 24-35 1411
    30 Ian Kinsler 40 2006 2012 24-30 930
    31 Ski Melillo 40 1926 1937 26-37 1378
    32 Rich Dauer 39 1976 1985 23-32 1140
    33 Jim Gantner 38 1976 1992 23-39 1801
    34 Dave Cash 37 1969 1980 21-32 1422
    35 Darwin Barney 36 2010 2012 24-26 329
    36 Robby Thompson 36 1986 1996 24-34 1304
    37 Morrie Rath 36 1909 1920 22-33 565
    38 Miller Huggins 36 1904 1916 26-38 1586
    39 Eddie Collins 35 1906 1930 19-43 2825
    40 Del Pratt 35 1912 1924 24-36 1836
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/3/2012.

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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 Chase Utley 145 2003 2012 24-33 1192 0.1216
    2 Darwin Barney 36 2010 2012 24-26 329 0.1094
    3 Joe Gordon 150 1938 1950 23-35 1566 0.0958
    4 Mark Ellis 118 2002 2012 25-35 1236 0.0955
    5 Hughie Critz 130 1924 1935 23-34 1478 0.0880
    6 Orlando Hudson 98 2002 2012 24-34 1345 0.0729
    7 Johnny Evers 127 1902 1929 20-47 1784 0.0712
    8 Dustin Pedroia 60 2006 2012 22-28 856 0.0701
    9 Mark Lemke 74 1988 1998 22-32 1069 0.0692
    10 Bill Mazeroski 146 1956 1972 19-35 2163 0.0675
    11 Morrie Rath 36 1909 1920 22-33 565 0.0637
    12 Claude Ritchey 66 1901 1909 27-35 1149 0.0574
    13 Bobby Knoop 66 1964 1972 25-33 1153 0.0572
    14 Frank White 121 1973 1990 22-39 2324 0.0521
    15 Willie Randolph 114 1975 1992 20-37 2202 0.0518
    16 Dick Green 65 1963 1974 22-33 1288 0.0505
    17 Nellie Fox 119 1947 1965 19-37 2367 0.0503
    18 Julio Cruz 58 1977 1986 22-31 1156 0.0502
    19 Aaron Hill 48 2005 2012 23-30 1064 0.0451
    20 Nap Lajoie 87 1901 1916 26-41 1988 0.0438
    21 Ian Kinsler 40 2006 2012 24-30 930 0.0430
    22 Jackie Hayes 45 1927 1940 20-33 1093 0.0412
    23 Brandon Phillips 48 2002 2012 21-31 1188 0.0404
    24 Bobby Grich 81 1970 1986 21-37 2008 0.0403
    25 Max Bishop 50 1924 1935 24-35 1340 0.0373
    26 Rennie Stennett 44 1971 1981 20-30 1237 0.0356
    27 Red Schoendienst 78 1945 1963 22-40 2216 0.0352
    28 Rich Dauer 39 1976 1985 23-32 1140 0.0342
    29 Lou Whitaker 75 1977 1995 20-38 2390 0.0314
    30 Ted Sizemore 41 1969 1980 24-35 1411 0.0291
    31 Ski Melillo 40 1926 1937 26-37 1378 0.0290
    32 Billy Herman 55 1931 1947 21-37 1922 0.0286
    33 Ryne Sandberg 60 1981 1997 21-37 2164 0.0277
    34 Robby Thompson 36 1986 1996 24-34 1304 0.0276
    35 Dave Cash 37 1969 1980 21-32 1422 0.0260
    36 Bobby Doerr 43 1937 1951 19-33 1865 0.0231
    37 Miller Huggins 36 1904 1916 26-38 1586 0.0227
    38 Jim Gantner 38 1976 1992 23-39 1801 0.0211
    39 Del Pratt 35 1912 1924 24-36 1836 0.0191
    40 Eddie Collins 35 1906 1930 19-43 2825 0.0124

    Chase Utley?  The numbers back it up.

    And, anyone else thinking “Where’s Robinson Cano?”

    The Greatest Fielding 3B Of All-Time Is…

    Posted by on December 2nd, 2012 · Comments (10)

    First, start with this list -

    Rk Player Rfield From To Age G
    1 Brooks Robinson 292 1955 1977 18-40 2896
    2 Adrian Beltre 187 1998 2012 19-33 2115
    3 Scott Rolen 175 1996 2012 21-37 2038
    4 Buddy Bell 174 1972 1989 20-37 2405
    5 Clete Boyer 160 1955 1971 18-34 1725
    6 Robin Ventura 156 1989 2004 21-36 2079
    7 Graig Nettles 141 1967 1988 22-43 2700
    8 Mike Schmidt 128 1972 1989 22-39 2404
    9 Gary Gaetti 127 1981 2000 22-41 2507
    10 Wade Boggs 104 1982 1999 24-41 2440
    11 Terry Pendleton 100 1984 1998 23-37 1893
    12 Matt Williams 91 1987 2003 21-37 1866
    13 Aurelio Rodriguez 90 1967 1983 19-35 2017
    14 Jeff Cirillo 85 1994 2007 24-37 1617
    15 Ken McMullen 80 1962 1977 20-35 1583
    16 Ken Boyer 74 1955 1969 24-38 2034
    17 Evan Longoria 71 2008 2012 22-26 637
    18 Tim Wallach 66 1980 1996 22-38 2212
    19 Joe Crede 63 2000 2009 22-31 888
    20 Ken Keltner 60 1937 1950 20-33 1526
    21 Bill Bradley 58 1901 1915 23-37 1304
    22 Doug DeCinces 56 1973 1987 22-36 1649
    23 Ryan Zimmerman 52 2005 2012 20-27 990
    24 Willie Kamm 50 1923 1935 23-35 1693
    25 Art Devlin 46 1904 1913 24-33 1313
    26 Eric Soderholm 45 1971 1980 22-31 894
    27 Jimmy Collins 45 1901 1908 31-38 955
    28 Eric Chavez 44 1998 2012 20-34 1491
    29 Larry Gardner 44 1908 1924 22-38 1923
    30 Red Rolfe 40 1931 1942 22-33 1175
    31 Jack Hannahan 37 2006 2012 26-32 505
    32 Corey Koskie 37 1998 2006 25-33 989
    33 Scott Brosius 37 1991 2001 24-34 1146
    34 Sal Bando 37 1966 1981 22-37 2019
    35 Home Run Baker 35 1908 1922 22-36 1575
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 12/2/2012.

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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 Evan Longoria 71 2008 2012 22-26 637 0.1115
    2 Brooks Robinson 292 1955 1977 18-40 2896 0.1008
    3 Clete Boyer 160 1955 1971 18-34 1725 0.0928
    4 Adrian Beltre 187 1998 2012 19-33 2115 0.0884
    5 Scott Rolen 175 1996 2012 21-37 2038 0.0859
    6 Robin Ventura 156 1989 2004 21-36 2079 0.0750
    7 Jack Hannahan 37 2006 2012 26-32 505 0.0733
    8 Buddy Bell 174 1972 1989 20-37 2405 0.0723
    9 Joe Crede 63 2000 2009 22-31 888 0.0709
    10 Mike Schmidt 128 1972 1989 22-39 2404 0.0532
    11 Terry Pendleton 100 1984 1998 23-37 1893 0.0528
    12 Jeff Cirillo 85 1994 2007 24-37 1617 0.0526
    13 Ryan Zimmerman 52 2005 2012 20-27 990 0.0525
    14 Graig Nettles 141 1967 1988 22-43 2700 0.0522
    15 Gary Gaetti 127 1981 2000 22-41 2507 0.0507
    16 Ken McMullen 80 1962 1977 20-35 1583 0.0505
    17 Eric Soderholm 45 1971 1980 22-31 894 0.0503
    18 Matt Williams 91 1987 2003 21-37 1866 0.0488
    19 Jimmy Collins 45 1901 1908 31-38 955 0.0471
    20 Aurelio Rodriguez 90 1967 1983 19-35 2017 0.0446
    21 Bill Bradley 58 1901 1915 23-37 1304 0.0445
    22 Wade Boggs 104 1982 1999 24-41 2440 0.0426
    23 Ken Keltner 60 1937 1950 20-33 1526 0.0393
    24 Corey Koskie 37 1998 2006 25-33 989 0.0374
    25 Ken Boyer 74 1955 1969 24-38 2034 0.0364
    26 Art Devlin 46 1904 1913 24-33 1313 0.0350
    27 Red Rolfe 40 1931 1942 22-33 1175 0.0340
    28 Doug DeCinces 56 1973 1987 22-36 1649 0.0340
    29 Scott Brosius 37 1991 2001 24-34 1146 0.0323
    30 Tim Wallach 66 1980 1996 22-38 2212 0.0298
    31 Willie Kamm 50 1923 1935 23-35 1693 0.0295
    32 Eric Chavez 44 1998 2012 20-34 1491 0.0295
    33 Larry Gardner 44 1908 1924 22-38 1923 0.0229
    34 Home Run Baker 35 1908 1922 22-36 1575 0.0222
    35 Sal Bando 37 1966 1981 22-37 2019 0.0183

    Wow. I knew that Longoria was good. But, I had no idea he was that good with the leather. And, of course, those O’s teams were maybe the best fielding team of all-time with Brooks Robinson, Mark Belanger and Paul Blair.

    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.

    The Greatest Fielding CF Of All-Time Is…

    Posted by on November 30th, 2012 · Comments (13)

    First, start with this list -

    Rk Player Rfield From To Age G
    1 Willie Mays 183 1951 1973 20-42 2992
    2 Paul Blair 174 1964 1980 20-36 1947
    3 Devon White 135 1985 2001 22-38 1941
    4 Kenny Lofton 104 1991 2007 24-40 2103
    5 Willie Davis 104 1960 1979 20-39 2429
    6 Garry Maddox 101 1972 1986 22-36 1749
    7 Curt Flood 99 1956 1971 18-33 1759
    8 Tris Speaker 92 1907 1928 19-40 2790
    9 Lance Johnson 82 1987 2000 23-36 1447
    10 Gary Pettis 79 1982 1992 24-34 1183
    11 Richie Ashburn 76 1948 1962 21-35 2189
    12 Mike Cameron 72 1995 2011 22-38 1955
    13 Fielder Jones 70 1901 1915 29-43 1165
    14 Carlos Beltran 69 1998 2012 21-35 1919
    15 Michael Bourn 69 2006 2012 23-29 871
    16 Jim Busby 66 1950 1962 23-35 1352
    17 Tommie Agee 64 1962 1973 19-30 1130
    18 Bill Virdon 52 1955 1968 24-37 1583
    19 Dwayne Murphy 51 1978 1989 23-34 1360
    20 Joe DiMaggio 49 1936 1951 21-36 1736
    21 Carlos Gomez 47 2007 2012 21-26 676
    22 Austin Jackson 47 2010 2012 23-25 441
    23 Lenny Dykstra 45 1985 1996 22-33 1278
    24 Johnny Mostil 44 1918 1929 22-33 972
    25 Mike Kreevich 43 1931 1945 23-37 1241
    26 Jim Landis 41 1957 1967 23-33 1346
    27 Chris Young 38 2006 2012 22-28 885
    28 Jim Edmonds 37 1993 2010 23-40 2011
    29 Bill Bruton 37 1953 1964 27-38 1610
    30 Dom DiMaggio 37 1940 1953 23-36 1399
    31 Sam West 37 1927 1942 22-37 1753
    32 Peter Bourjos 34 2010 2012 23-25 299
    33 Willy Taveras 34 2004 2010 22-28 670
    34 Taylor Douthit 34 1923 1933 22-32 1074
    35 Bill North 32 1971 1981 23-33 1169
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/30/2012.

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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 Peter Bourjos 34 2010 2012 23-25 299 0.1137
    2 Austin Jackson 47 2010 2012 23-25 441 0.1066
    3 Paul Blair 174 1964 1980 20-36 1947 0.0894
    4 Michael Bourn 69 2006 2012 23-29 871 0.0792
    5 Devon White 135 1985 2001 22-38 1941 0.0696
    6 Carlos Gomez 47 2007 2012 21-26 676 0.0695
    7 Gary Pettis 79 1982 1992 24-34 1183 0.0668
    8 Willie Mays 183 1951 1973 20-42 2992 0.0612
    9 Fielder Jones 70 1901 1915 29-43 1165 0.0601
    10 Garry Maddox 101 1972 1986 22-36 1749 0.0577
    11 Lance Johnson 82 1987 2000 23-36 1447 0.0567
    12 Tommie Agee 64 1962 1973 19-30 1130 0.0566
    13 Curt Flood 99 1956 1971 18-33 1759 0.0563
    14 Willy Taveras 34 2004 2010 22-28 670 0.0507
    15 Kenny Lofton 104 1991 2007 24-40 2103 0.0495
    16 Jim Busby 66 1950 1962 23-35 1352 0.0488
    17 Johnny Mostil 44 1918 1929 22-33 972 0.0453
    18 Chris Young 38 2006 2012 22-28 885 0.0429
    19 Willie Davis 104 1960 1979 20-39 2429 0.0428
    20 Dwayne Murphy 51 1978 1989 23-34 1360 0.0375
    21 Mike Cameron 72 1995 2011 22-38 1955 0.0368
    22 Carlos Beltran 69 1998 2012 21-35 1919 0.0360
    23 Lenny Dykstra 45 1985 1996 22-33 1278 0.0352
    24 Richie Ashburn 76 1948 1962 21-35 2189 0.0347
    25 Mike Kreevich 43 1931 1945 23-37 1241 0.0346
    26 Tris Speaker 92 1907 1928 19-40 2790 0.0330
    27 Bill Virdon 52 1955 1968 24-37 1583 0.0328
    28 Taylor Douthit 34 1923 1933 22-32 1074 0.0317
    29 Jim Landis 41 1957 1967 23-33 1346 0.0305
    30 Joe DiMaggio 49 1936 1951 21-36 1736 0.0282
    31 Bill North 32 1971 1981 23-33 1169 0.0274
    32 Dom DiMaggio 37 1940 1953 23-36 1399 0.0264
    33 Bill Bruton 37 1953 1964 27-38 1610 0.0230
    34 Sam West 37 1927 1942 22-37 1753 0.0211
    35 Jim Edmonds 37 1993 2010 23-40 2011 0.0184

    Hmmm…

    Are we looking at two of the best fielding CF, ever, today, in Peter Bourjos and Austin Jackson?

    Well, they’re on pace for that distinction, for sure. And, yes, Paul Blair could go get ‘em with anybody…