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Players That Know How to Fight a WAR Defensively

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I finally broke down and "donated" to get all the WAR data from Sean Smith. The following is a look at the top 20 fielders (along with others that might join the list due to their current rank and rate they are accumulating the stats) in Outfield Arm, Infield Double Plays and Total Zone.

 

Total Zone

 

Rank Name Average Total Zone Total Total Zone
1 Brooks Robinson 11.65 268
2 Mark Belanger 13.11 236
3 Ozzie Smith 11.26 214
4 Andruw Jones 13.85 180
5 Buddy Bell 8.65 173
6 Germany Smith 10 160
7 Joe Tinker 10.47 157
8 Bid McPhee 8.56 154
9 Robin Ventura 9.06 154
10 Barry Bonds 6.95 153
11 Jack Glasscock 7.45 149
12 Brian Jordan 9.87 148
13 Devon White 8.71 148
14 Clete Boyer 9.73 146
15 Luis Aparicio 8 144
16 George Davis 7.15 143
17 Jim Piersall 7.47 142
18 Cal Ripken 6.71 141
19 Paul Blair 7.78 140
20 Graig Nettles 6.36 140

Others

56 Albert Pujols 12.38 99

Outfield Arm

 

Rank Name Average Arm Total ARM
1 Roberto Clemente 4.61 83
2 Jesse Barfield 5.15 67
3 Al Kaline 2.68 59
4 Raul Mondesi 3.69 59
5 Andruw Jones 4.46 58
6 Larry Walker 3.06 55
7 Carl Yastrzemski 2.35 54
8 Dwight Evans 2.65 53
9 Willie Mays 2.17 50
10 Andy Van Slyke 3.57 50
11 Ken Griffey 2.38 50
12 Jim Edmonds 2.76 47
13 Ellis Valentine 3.36 37
14 Bobby Abreu 2.64 37
15 Johnny Callison 2.31 37
16 Barry Bonds 1.64 36
17 Kenny Lofton 1.7 34
18 Paul Blair 1.89 34
19 Ichiro Suzuki 4.25 34
20 Vladimir Guerrero 2.54 33

Others

23 Alexis Rios 6.2 31
31 Pat Burrell 2.89 26
55 Shane Victorino 4 20
61 Jeff Francoeur 4.75 19

 

Double Plays

Rank Name Double Play Average Double Play
1 Phil Rizzuto 61 4.69
2 Joe Gordon 52 4.73
3 Willie Randolph 40 2.11
4 Cal Ripken 40 1.9
5 Pee Wee Reese 39 2.44
6 Marty Marion 39 3
7 Eddie Collins 37 1.48
8 Bill Mazeroski 37 2.18
9 Roger Peckinpaugh 35 2.06
10 Frankie Crosetti 31 1.82
11 Buddy Myer 29 1.61
12 Jackie Robinson 28 2.8
13 Lou Boudreau 28 1.87
14 Brooks Robinson 26 1.13
15 Del Pratt 26 2
16 Johnny Evers 26 1.44
17 Fernando Vina 25 2.08
18 Ozzie Smith 25 1.32
19 Frankie Frisch 25 1.32
20 Bobby Grich 24 1.41

 

 

I am not going to go into a bunch of analysis since I am still digesting the numbers myself, but a few items that I noticed right off hand:

  • Brooks Robinson and Ozzie Smith were great defenders.

  • Andrew Jones was great in the outfield, too bad he declined so fast (turned it around a little this year, but still not close to what he used to be)

  • There seem to be more good outfield arms recently, while the ability to turn double seems to be associated with  players that played 50 years ago. Since Sean Smith's numbers look at an amount above and below average, I am wondering there is a bunch of weak arms now that make the other outfielders seem better. That might be the same situation 50 years ago with infielders turning double plays.

  • Personally, I seemed to have underrated Cal Ripken's defense.

Addition of Catchers (07/26/20090

Rank Name Catcher
1 Charlie Bennett 155
2 Ivan Rodriguez 152
3 Jim Sundberg 114
4 Bob Boone 107
5 Gary Carter 106
6 Brad Ausmus 101
7 Johnny Bench 97
8 Del Crandall 72
9 Charles Johnson 71
10 Rick Dempsey 70
11 Steve Yeager 70
12 Ron Karkovice 62
13 Clay Dalrymple 62
14 Charlie O'Brien 58
15 Buck Ewing 58
16 Doc Bushong 55
17 Butch Wynegar 54
18 Bill Holbert 53
19 Mike Matheny 53
20 Tom Pagnozzi 53