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Fielding Stats Glossary

General Recommendations

The player, team and league statlines are now dramatically different than when the site first launched, so a comprehensive list of the stats would take far longer and would likely be much less useful than previously. So we have implemented a tooltip solution that shows you a description of the statistic when you hold your mouse over the header abbreviation for the stat. You can try it below.

We also have implemented a sorting feature. When the header abbreviation is red (and this is true of all red text), you can click the header to sort by that column. In many cases the table contains partial season (for a traded player) and full season data, their full season summary. When this is the case, we hide the partial seasons in the sorted results, and provide another tooltip to bring the partial seasons back. Occasionally, there is a select box toggle that allows you to hide or show players who may not have met some minimum qualification such as 502 PA's for the batting title. This only comes into play when sorting on ratio stats like on-base percentage, but not counting stats like home runs.

The CSV and PRE tooltips provide a means to get comma-separated values suitable for loading into excel and pre-formatted text that might work better in things like message boards and e-mails.

In some cases, a player's career may span seasons for which a stat like strikeouts or sacrifice flies are not available and seasons for which they are. In those cases we attempt to mark the statistic as shown 162. This means that this career total does not include all seasons the player played and therefore we do not know the exact number.

For the most common stats found in our leaderboards, we denote league leading stats with bold text and major league leading totals are further marked with italics. For career statistics, all-time leaders are marked with **'s and active leaders with italics.

When a stat is unavailable its season entry should be blank, rather than zero. This may not always be the case, but it is what we've tried to do.

Appearances

For years that Retrosheet has complete game played data, we provide a full position-by-position accounting of games played. This handles the DH issue appropriately and shows both offensive (games in the lineup) and defensive (games in the field) games played.

Appearances

Glossary · Click stat headers to sort · CSV · PRE
Year Age Tm Lg G Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1973 31 OAK AL 151 151 149 0 0 0 0 0 149 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1974 32 OAK AL 134 134 133 0 0 0 0 0 133 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
1975 33 OAK AL 137 137 137 0 0 0 0 0 137 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 34 OAK AL 149 149 149 0 0 0 0 0 149 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 35 TEX AL 150 150 149 0 0 0 0 0 149 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
1978 36 TEX AL 98 98 90 0 0 0 0 0 90 0 0 0 0 0 2 8
1979 37 CAL AL 85 85 82 0 0 0 0 0 82 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1979 37 TEX AL 8 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1980 38 CAL AL 77 77 65 0 0 0 1 0 64 0 0 0 0 0 4 12
1981 39 CAL AL 55 55 52 0 0 0 2 47 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 14
1983 41 NYY AL 60 60 55 0 0 0 32 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7
10 Seasons 1104 1104 1069 0 0 0 35 71 964 0 0 0 0 1 13 51

Appearances table is calculated from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available after the 1973 season.

Range Factor

Ideally range factor would always be computed using innings played or the second calculation above. But for right now we only have innings data for the 2000 season on. Naturally, we are always working to add new data to the site. In order to reduce confusion we have listed both range factors, so that players can be compared across eras.

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