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Most Games At SS In AL Since 1920

Posted by Steve Lombardi on December 5, 2010

Who has played the most games at SS, since 1920, in the American League, during their career?

Here's the list -

Rk Player #Matching   PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
1 Luis Aparicio 2583 Ind. Games 11220 10220 2676 394 92 83 790 736 741 .262 .311 .343 .654 161 76 22 27 185
2 Cal Ripken 2302 Ind. Games 10060 8964 2486 471 40 346 1330 948 1004 .277 .346 .455 .801 3 97 100 48 277
3 Derek Jeter 2275 Ind. Games 10471 9253 2910 464 61 232 1129 943 1558 .314 .385 .453 .838 78 47 37 150 233
4 Luke Appling 2218 Ind. Games 9620 8302 2594 420 93 43 1054 1238 488 .312 .402 .401 .803 69 0 0 11 121
5 Omar Vizquel 2161 Ind. Games 9014 7922 2173 349 57 66 723 794 808 .274 .340 .358 .698 188 75 7 35 152
6 Alan Trammell 2142 Ind. Games 8888 7848 2241 384 53 177 945 810 814 .286 .352 .416 .768 120 73 48 36 149
7 Bert Campaneris 2097 Ind. Games 9081 8186 2104 290 79 78 606 587 1080 .257 .310 .340 .650 189 57 15 62 99
8 Mark Belanger 1898 Ind. Games 6483 5678 1296 173 33 20 384 569 816 .228 .301 .281 .582 149 45 21 42 80
9 Joe Cronin 1832 Ind. Games 8100 6947 2115 487 115 156 1300 967 614 .304 .392 .475 .867 153 0   33 41
10 Ozzie Guillen 1772 Ind. Games 6517 6128 1625 242 68 26 573 197 465 .265 .286 .340 .626 131 55 23 6 105
11 Ed Brinkman 1770 Ind. Games 6485 5905 1330 194 38 59 453 433 822 .225 .281 .301 .582 71 37 41 39 154
12 Phil Rizzuto 1647 Ind. Games 6710 5811 1587 238 62 38 560 655 397 .273 .352 .355 .707 192 2 11 49 107
13 Lou Boudreau 1539 Ind. Games 6717 5773 1699 367 64 65 746 758 300 .294 .379 .414 .793 157 0 1 29 144
14 Miguel Tejada 1532 Ind. Games 6579 5963 1713 332 19 255 1016 458 820 .287 .345 .478 .822 16 51 57 90 182
15 Mike Bordick 1521 Ind. Games 5830 5184 1341 229 27 82 562 448 713 .259 .321 .361 .682 91 52 8 55 133
16 Frankie Crosetti 1515 Ind. Games 6708 5798 1426 250 56 89 592 722 749 .246 .340 .354 .695 82 0   106 53
17 Greg Gagne 1495 Ind. Games 5155 4718 1200 263 45 92 492 285 904 .254 .300 .388 .687 82 34 5 34 92
18 Robin Yount 1479 Ind. Games 6353 5805 1652 311 67 122 683 402 617 .285 .329 .424 .754 73 59 26 14 116
19 Alfredo Griffin 1389 Ind. Games 5406 5021 1289 189 68 22 401 230 447 .257 .290 .335 .624 95 39 12 20 64
20 Bucky Dent 1382 Ind. Games 5017 4504 1113 169 23 40 423 327 348 .247 .297 .321 .619 122 49 9 15 79
21 Jim Fregosi 1372 Ind. Games 5824 5137 1378 214 68 113 528 546 814 .268 .340 .402 .742 73 38 33 29 91
22 Vern Stephens 1330 Ind. Games 5849 5237 1503 245 38 213 991 581 552 .287 .359 .470 .829 26 0 8 5 130
23 Freddie Patek 1325 Ind. Games 5166 4578 1108 192 46 33 416 427 611 .242 .308 .326 .634 97 35 17 28 73
24 Alex Rodriguez 1272 Ind. Games 5692 4993 1536 285 22 344 986 560 993 .308 .382 .580 .962 16 51 39 72 110
25 Chico Carrasquel 1243 Ind. Games 5037 4448 1152 165 24 54 457 467 449 .259 .333 .343 .677 65 18 13 38 104
26 Billy Rogell 1222 Ind. Games 5198 4513 1235 228 63 39 542 589 326 .274 .360 .378 .738 76 0   20 2
27 Tony Fernandez 1217 Ind. Games 5149 4687 1343 229 71 48 496 359 414 .287 .339 .396 .735 35 38 20 30 99
28 Joe Sewell 1214 Ind. Games 5353 4562 1479 312 51 23 742 558 94 .324 .404 .430 .834 179 0   54 0
29 Dick Schofield 1204 Ind. Games 4396 3847 893 117 30 52 315 384 597 .232 .307 .319 .626 99 23 7 43 48
30 Wally Gerber 1201 Ind. Games 4761 4173 1102 148 37 6 409 385 277 .264 .330 .322 .652 177 0   26 0
31 Rick Burleson 1194 Ind. Games 5200 4677 1286 229 22 42 404 379 413 .275 .330 .360 .690 75 44 10 25 129
32 Ron Hansen 1144 Ind. Games 4433 3842 898 140 16 99 443 502 576 .234 .322 .356 .678 36 36 46 17 125
33 Zoilo Versalles 1122 Ind. Games 4663 4302 1075 191 59 87 413 259 637 .250 .297 .382 .679 40 25 20 37 70
34 Lyn Lary 1096 Ind. Games 4912 4184 1135 231 50 35 490 632 422 .271 .370 .375 .745 75 0   21 1
35 Roy Smalley 1069 Ind. Games 4501 3849 1011 167 20 105 484 518 590 .263 .348 .398 .747 84 40 30 10 86
36 Gary Disarcina 1069 Ind. Games 3995 3708 957 184 19 28 355 153 305 .258 .292 .341 .633 77 21 0 36 106
37 Joe DeMaestri 1029 Ind. Games 3614 3378 799 114 23 49 275 167 501 .237 .274 .327 .602 30 22 14 17 95
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/5/2010.

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Something tells me that Jeter is going to own this list by the time his new contract is done.

Click here to get an idea of who played a lot of games a SS in the A.L. before 1920.

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9 Responses to “Most Games At SS In AL Since 1920”

  1. Here's the all-time league-independent list:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/Gm_ss_career.shtml

    Jeter trails all-time leader Omar Vizquel by 416 games.

  2. Honestly, I don't know if the Yanks can afford to keep him at SS until this contract is up. I mean, I could see him switching to DH in a year or two (when Jorge retires, more than likely). That could have catch Aparicio on this list (if he plays virtually every game for two years at SS), but would leave him well short of Vizquel on the overall leaderboard. We'll just have to wait and see, I guess.

  3. The White Sox seem to have more than their fair share of representatives on this list (Aparicio, Appling, Guillen, Dent, Smalley, Vizquel, Carrasquel, not to mention former manager Fregosi and coach Brinkman) 9 out of 37...that would work out to a .243 clip.

  4. DoubleDiamond Says:

    I held my breath while waiting for the rest of this to load, hoping Ripken would be ahead of the guy in whose honor, I'm guessing, this was put here. And he is, but only by about a month's worth of games. Too bad; Ripken will probably fall to third by Mother's Day 2011. And that other guy leads him by wide margins in plate appearances. I guess that's the risk Ripken had to take by being worthy of batting third instead of second in the order.

    I don't begrudge Aparicio, the starting shortstop on the Orioles' first World Series championship team in 1966, a year in which he led the AL in both plate appearances and at-bats, his first place ranking here.

  5. flyingelbowsmash Says:

    Interesting to see Jeter's and Ripken's numbers side by side - at least Cal's SS numbers. Jeter favors well, higher OPS. . .

  6. It's not the names at the top of the list I find interesting. It's the ones a little further down. Dick Schofield, 29th? Eddie Brinkman, 11th? Brinkman was a great glove man, but somehow I'd think there'd be more players on the list in front of him.

    Reminds me of how Bill James came about with the idea to create the Historical Baseball Abstract. Sitting with a friend, watching Mike MacFarlane play, he wondered if MacFarlane is one of the 100 greatest catchers ever. His friend insisted he wasn't, because it seemed wrong to think MacFarlane could be one of the "greatest" anything. Yet, of course, he was.

  7. @3 DaHook,

    Don't forget Ron Hansen - he actually had significant playing time with the ChiSox in the late 60's. Could probably replace Smalley on your list.

  8. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    With all of the talk lately about other Reds shortstops -- specifically Concepcion {as a possible HOF candidate} and Larkin {close to a sure thing}, I am surprised that Chico Cardenas never got more Hall attention. He starred in both leagues, held his own as a hitter {would you trade him for Edd Brinkman???} and generally made every team he played for -- especially the Reds and Twins --that much better.

  9. David in Toledo Says:

    Notice how Cal Ripken and A-Rod match up in home runs while playing shortstop.