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2% of games played at 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, and RF, minimum 100 games

Posted by Andy on January 27, 2008

The title says it all. By using a minimum of 100 games, I'm ensuring that the player had at least 2 appearances at each position (other than pitcher, catcher, and DH.)

  Cnt Player            Year  G  Age Tm  Lg  PA  AB  R   H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB IBB  SO HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions
+----+-----------------+----+---+---+---+--+---+---+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+
    1 Alfredo Amezaga   2007 133  29 FLA NL 448 400  46 105 14  9  2  30  35   0  52   4   4   5   4  13  7  .263  .324  .358  .682 *8654/397 
    2 Willie Bloomquist 2006 102  28 SEA AL 283 251  36  62  6  2  1  15  24   0  40   4   2   2   3  16  3  .247  .320  .299  .619 86495/37  
    3 Alfredo Amezaga   2006 132  28 FLA NL 378 334  42  87  9  3  3  19  33   4  46   3   7   1   5  20 12  .260  .332  .332  .664 *8476/539 
    4 Damian Jackson    2003 109  29 BOS AL 172 161  34  42  7  0  1  13   8   0  28   0   2   1   4  16  8  .261  .294  .323  .617 46879/53  
    5 Jolbert Cabrera   2003 128  30 LAD NL 380 347  43  98 32  2  6  37  17   3  62  10   3   3  10   6  4  .282  .332  .438  .770 487/6359  
    6 Dennis Hocking    2001 112  31 MIN AL 363 327  34  82 16  2  3  25  29   1  67   2   4   1   7   6  1  .251  .315  .339  .654 643/D7589 
    7 Joe McEwing       2001 116  28 NYM NL 319 283  41  80 17  3  8  30  17   0  57  10   6   3   2   8  5  .283  .342  .449  .791 7956/438D 
    8 Dennis Hocking    2000 134  30 MIN AL 433 373  52 111 24  4  4  47  48   1  77   0   7   5   2   7  5  .298  .373  .416  .789 4897563/D 
    9 Shane Halter      2000 105  30 DET AL 265 238  26  62 12  2  3  27  14   0  49   1  10   2   5   5  2  .261  .302  .366  .668 *5364/89721 
   10 Scott Brosius     1995 123  28 OAK AL 443 389  69 102 19  2 17  46  41   0  67   8   1   4   5   4  2  .262  .342  .452  .794 5983/764D 
   11 Cory Snyder       1992 124  29 SFG NL 420 390  48 105 22  2 14  57  23   2  96   2   2   3  10   4  4  .269  .311  .444  .755 93758/46  
   12 Luis Salazar      1988 130  32 DET AL 489 452  61 122 14  1 12  62  21   2  70   3  10   3  13   6  0  .270  .305  .385  .690 765/9843  
   13 Jose Oquendo      1987 116  23 STL NL 312 248  43  71  9  0  1  24  54   6  29   0   6   4   6   4  4  .286  .408  .335  .743 946/75381 
   14 Rod Kanehl        1962 133  28 NYM NL 378 351  52  87 10  2  4  27  23   2  36   1   3   0   7   8  6  .248  .296  .322  .618 457/8396  
   15 Randy Reese       1928 109  24 NYG NL 432 406  61 125 18  4  6  44  13   0  24   1  12   0   0   7  0  .308  .331  .416  .747 *74/63598 
   16 Jack Rothrock     1928 117  23 BOS AL 384 344  52  92  9  4  3  22  33   0  40   1   6   0   0  12  6  .267  .333  .343  .676 795368/421 
   17 Jimmy Johnston    1917 103  27 BRO NL 369 330  33  89 10  4  0  25  23   0  28   2  14   0   0  16  0  .270  .321  .324  .645 783/9645  
   18 Possum Whitted    1913 123  23 STL NL 450 404  44  89 10  5  0  38  31   0  44   4  11   0   0   9  0  .220  .282  .270  .552 6579/483  
   19 Solly Hofman      1907 134  24 CHC NL 536 470  67 126 11  3  1  36  41   0   0   1  24   0   0  29  0  .268  .328  .311  .639 69837/54  
   20 Wid Conroy        1905 101  28 NYY AL 424 385  55 105 19 11  2  25  32   0   0   0   7   0   0  25  0  .273  .329  .395  .724 5763/849  

Amezaga has done it each of the last 2 years, and Denny Hocking is on here twice too.

Just for giggles, I looked at Amezaga's two games in LF this past season. In one, he played only LF, but came in as a defensive replacement for Mike Jacobs in the 9th. In the other, he pinch ran for Josh Willingham in the bottom of the 9th, but did not score, sending the game into extra innings. In the 10th, he took over LF (vacated by Willingham). The the 11th, Amezaga was displaced from LF by another pinch-runner, Cody Ross, and Amezaga himself took over 2B from Dan Uggla, who left as part of a double-switch.

This kind of versatility, assuming that the player can manage defensively, is extraordinarily valuable, in my opinion, just like pitchers who can play a little outfield.

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5 Responses to “2% of games played at 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, and RF, minimum 100 games”

  1. Interesting list, Andy.
    Am I misinterpreting your goal? If you want to find players that played at least 2 games at every position, wouldn't you be better off with the following search http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/m3wE By setting the minimum to 100 games, you have eliminated 11 players who have played 2 games at each of those positions in a season.

  2. You didn't misinterpret my goal, just coming at it from a different direction. I haven't clicked on your link yet, but I'm sure Tony Phillips in 1988 makes that list.

  3. You gotta love that the three pioneers in this feat were called Wid, Solly and Possum.

  4. Denny Hocking has the record for most games at each of those positions, with 12.

  5. David in Toledo Says:

    A recent roster trend seems to be carrying more pitchers. 50 years ago (and maybe much more recently, too) it was pretty standard to get by with 10 pitchers for most of the season. Now, with more pitchers on the roster, a team really needs a few guys who can play almost anywhere. (And pity the poor catchers; since there's almost never a #3, a manager is very reluctant ever to remove his starter and leave the bench bare.)

    Why teams have to have more pitchers on the roster is another matter.

    But notice how many of the multi-versatile guys come in the last 8 years.