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’80 Phils Had Love Of Glove

Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 6, 2009

A simple list via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Season Finder - most seasons, non-pitcher, with 502+ PA and an OPS+ of 75 or worse. (Yes, I know, how many pitchers have 502 PA in a season anyway? But, I threw that filter in there nonetheless.) Here's the "leader" board for this:

Rk   Yrs To From Age  
1 Larry Bowa 9 1970 1982 24-36  
2 Ozzie Guillen 8 1985 1997 21-33  
3 Neifi Perez 6 1998 2005 25-32  
4 Don Kessinger 6 1966 1975 23-32  
5 Ed Brinkman 6 1963 1974 21-32  
6 George McBride 6 1911 1916 30-35  
7 Mickey Doolan 6 1907 1915 27-35  
8 Royce Clayton 5 1995 2006 25-36  
9 Alfredo Griffin 5 1980 1990 22-32  
10 Roger Metzger 5 1971 1976 23-28  
11 Mark Belanger 5 1968 1975 24-31  
12 Bobby Richardson 5 1960 1965 24-29  
13 Luis Aparicio 5 1956 1973 22-39  
14 Rey Ordonez 4 1996 2001 24-29  
15 Omar Moreno 4 1977 1983 24-30  
16 Manny Trillo 4 1975 1985 24-34  
17 Bob Boone 4 1974 1986 26-38  
18 Tim Foli 4 1972 1982 21-31  
19 Aurelio Rodriguez 4 1969 1976 21-28  
20 Freddie Patek 4 1969 1975 24-30  
21 Sandy Alomar 4 1969 1975 25-31  
22 Hal Lanier 4 1965 1969 22-26  
23 Roy McMillan 4 1953 1965 23-35  
24 Rabbit Warstler 4 1935 1938 31-34  
25 Leo Durocher 4 1932 1938 26-32  
26 Ski Melillo 4 1930 1935 30-35  
27 Freddie Maguire 4 1928 1931 29-32  
28 Hughie Critz 4 1925 1934 24-33  
29 Everett Scott 4 1921 1924 28-31  
30 Ivy Olson 4 1912 1922 26-36  
31 Lee Tannehill 4 1903 1911 22-30  
32 Monte Cross 4 1901 1906 31-36  
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/6/2009.

 

Ozzie Guillen can thank the shortened season in 1995 for not tying Larry Bowa for the "lead" on this list.

What if we took shortstops out of the list? Here's the result:

Rk   Yrs To From Age  
1 Bobby Richardson 5 1960 1965 24-29  
2 Omar Moreno 4 1977 1983 24-30  
3 Manny Trillo 4 1975 1985 24-34  
4 Bob Boone 4 1974 1986 26-38  
5 Aurelio Rodriguez 4 1969 1976 21-28  
6 Sandy Alomar 4 1969 1975 25-31  
7 Ski Melillo 4 1930 1935 30-35  
8 Freddie Maguire 4 1928 1931 29-32  
9 Hughie Critz 4 1925 1934 24-33  
10 Ivy Olson 4 1912 1922 26-36  
11 Jason Kendall 3 2007 2009 33-35  
12 Willy Taveras 3 2005 2008 23-26  
13 Tom Goodwin 3 1996 2000 27-31  
14 Darren Lewis 3 1993 1999 25-31  
15 Terry Pendleton 3 1985 1996 24-35  
16 Rick Manning 3 1979 1983 24-28  
17 Julian Javier 3 1962 1970 25-33  
18 Bill Tuttle 3 1956 1961 26-31  
19 Jim Busby 3 1952 1956 25-29  
20 Nellie Fox 3 1950 1963 22-35  
21 Lee Tannehill 3 1905 1911 24-30  
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/6/2009.

 

Note Bob Boone here. He and Larry Bowa were teammates in 1974 and 1980 when they posted these types of seasons. Add Garry Maddox to the two of them in 1980 (with his OPS+ of 80) and it is clear that World Champs that season put a premium on defense, over offense, at C, SS, and CF that season.  (Yes, I know that Manny Trillo was on the 1980 Phils too.  But, he was actually a decent hittter that season.  Go figure!)

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One Response to “’80 Phils Had Love Of Glove”

  1. The World Champion 1995 Braves had Lemke, 78 OPS+, at 2nd, Blauser, 73, at short, and Grissom, 80, in center. Lemke didn't quite make it to 502 PA, but his main backup, Rafael Belliard, had an OPS+ of 31. Their catchers could hit, so it wasn't a total loss up the middle.