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10 for 10: #6 Advanced Fielding Stats and Fielding Leaderboards

Posted by Sean Forman on May 10, 2010

This is the sixth of ten features we are adding for our 10th anniversary.

We have presented Sean Smith's Total Zone on our site for about two years now, but we have always just updated at the end of the year. Working with Sean, we are now updating major league Total Zone on a daily basis.

That would be big news on its own, but we have also added Sean's Minor League Total Zone for all available players from 2005-2009. You can now see that Jason Heyward was a beast in right field (11 runs above avg per year) and Buster Posey was worth 11 runs behind the plate last year. We currently do not have plans to update that during the year, but that could change at a later date.

And there's more. I have long admired the defensive work that Baseball Info Solutions has presented each year in the Fielding Bible and considered it to be the best available. I'm very pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement to present their advanced fielding statistics on the site, and not just for this year, but for 2003 to the present, updated daily.

This includes:
Total Defensive Runs Saved
Plus/Minus Runs Saved (typical fielding plays)
Bunt Runs Saved
Stolen Base Runs Saved (for catcher and pitcher)
Catcher Earned Runs Saved
DP Runs Saved
Outfield Arms Runs Saved
Outfield Home Run Saving Catches

This has necessitated moving some things around and adding a new fielding table to the players' fielding "More Stats" area. The basic fielding table on the main player, team, and league pages now contains just Rtot and Rtot/yr for the total zone numbers and DRS and DRS/yr for the Fielding Bible overall runs saved data, when available.

The complete breakdown for each of the two metrics is now in a Sabermetric Fielding table located on the More Fielding Stats page for players. Here is Derek Jeter's More fielding page. You can always get to these pages using the nav bar above the player name or the "More Stats" link next to the fielding header.

For teams and leagues, the standard fielding pages likewise show Rtot and Rtot/yr for the total zone numbers and DRS and DRS/yr for the Fielding Bible overall runs saved data. Then the positional breakdowns for the teams have the breakouts for the runs saved data. Here is the 2010 National League Shortstops (team and by player) and the 2005 San Diego Padres (scroll down for positional reports).

Remember that all of the tables are sortable by clicking on the column header, holding your mouse over the header brings up a description, and that clicking share just above the stats, allows you to remix the stats for you to share them via a link, e-mail bulletin board, etc.

I also decided that fielding stats had been a second-class citizen for long enough, so I have added leaderboards for the fielding stats. These leaderboards also now appear in the leaderboard summary for teams that appears at the bottom of the pages.

We now have career leaderboards for each position and overall and year-by-year leaderboards for each of these stats as well. For an individual league page, click on Fielding under the "Leaders&Awards" tab, just above the first table of stats. Using these pages, you can now find out that Mike Piazza led the league in Stolen Bases Allowed a record 9 times.

I haven't added fielding to the Play Index, sorry, but I hope to get that added over the summer, time permitting.

We hope you enjoy these additions to the site. Comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.

12 Responses to “10 for 10: #6 Advanced Fielding Stats and Fielding Leaderboards”

  1. Jim Furtado Says:

    I was just looking for this stuff earlier today. You must be reading my mind. 🙂

  2. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Can you add TotalZone runs per 1250 inn to the leaderboards? (Or am I overlooking it?)

  3. Johnny Twisto Says:

    And double plays.

  4. Johnny Twisto Says:

    Some of the year-by-year leaders for individual OF positions are only going back to 1995, and others are back to '54.

    This may just be me, but I find the layout of the Fielding Leaderboards page a little hard to read. It might be easier if you showed separation between the positions, or even just listed the position first (eg "2B - Errors Committed" rather than "Errors Committed as 2B"). As is, it's kind of hard to find what you're looking for.

    Seems like leaders for OF should include all of history, even the years when you do have stats by individual OF position.

  5. Bill Baer Says:

    Apropos of nothing, but is there any way to add the "starting pitcher faced" in the "schedule & results" section? As of now it shows the winner, loser, and save (if applicable). Would be nice to see which starters the team faces in a quick and easy fashion. 🙂

  6. Baseball-Reference Blog » Blog Archive » Sabermetric Fielding Tutorials: 2010 Dodgers Says:

    [...] (Note: All of the data in this post was obtained from the new Baseball-Reference Fielding Stats.) [...]

  7. Charles Saeger Says:


    Can you get fielding data into the box scores for the 1920s and 1930s (and 1940s once Retrosheet finishes those two NL years it's missing)? The data are in Retrosheet's versions of these box scores.

  8. Baseball-Reference Blog » Blog Archive » Sabermetric Fielding: Adam Everett’s Legendary 2006 Says:

    [...] (Note: All of the data in this post was obtained from the new Baseball-Reference Fielding Stats.) [...]

  9. Srul Itza Says:

    I noticed that I-Rod does not appear on the top of the active leaders in CS, nor near the top of the career leaders in CS. You may want to look at that.

  10. Sean Forman Says:


    This should be fixed tomorrow. It was excluding guys who played another position on the field.

  11. Jeff James Says:

    You just put retrosheet out of business. And I am making a wicked list with some of the catchers' stats

  12. Charles Saeger Says:

    When I look at the league fielding page for the 1986 NL, the list of players excludes outfielders.