Archive for February 18th, 2012

More win percentages for position players

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

In response to the win percentages for position players I posted a couple of days ago, commenter Devon requested the career leaders for win percentage, regardless of team. So, below is the top 250 players since 1920, by how often their team won when they were in the starting lineup. The list is limited to players who made at least 500 starts, although maybe I should have picked a higher limit – because the leader comes out to be Whitey Kurowski. Just who you were expecting, I’m sure. If I had limited it to 1000 starts the leader would be Tommy Henrich, and if I put the limit at 2000 starts, we’d get Lou Gehrig, Pee Wee Reese, Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter and Mickey Mantle. Although Ruth’s would be a partial, because he played before 1920.
Also of note, I believe the active leaders as of then end of last year are Jorge Posada, Jason Varitek, Jeter and Carlos Ruiz. Posada retired, and Varitek is un-signed but hasn’t announced his retirement yet. So that leaves Jeter and Carlos Ruiz.

Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1 Whitey Kurowski .651 (544-291) 36
2 Tommy Henrich .643 (745-413) 34
3 Joe Boley .643 (333-185) 13
4 Roy Campanella .642 (722-403) 30
5 Red Rolfe .641 (716-401) 10
6 Joe DiMaggio .641 (1091-612) 46
7 Mickey Cochrane .639 (888-502) 29
8 Phil Rizzuto .636 (991-566) 49
9 Frankie Crosetti .634 (1004-579) 114
10 Joe Collins .634 (357-206) 4
11 Bill Dickey .634 (1022-591) 31
12 George Selkirk .633 (467-271) 23
13 Charlie Keller .632 (628-365) 10
14 Ellie Hendricks .631 (318-186) 12
15 Yogi Berra .631 (1188-696) 52
16 Ray Sanders .628 (362-214) 7
17 Tony Lazzeri .628 (1040-616) 21
18 Jerry Coleman .624 (374-225) 13
19 Jackie Robinson .623 (819-496) 72
20 Gil McDougald .623 (759-460) 36
21 Lou Gehrig .622 (1318-801) 45
22 Joe Gordon .620 (946-579) 29
23 Max Bishop .617 (746-464) 31
24 Pee Wee Reese .613 (1274-805) 26
25 Babe Ruth .612 (1265-803) 43
26 Marty Marion .611 (925-590) 14
27 Tony Kubek .610 (606-387) 13
28 Carl Furillo .607 (962-622) 47
29 Hank Bauer .607 (771-500) 34
30 Al Rosen .606 (601-390) 27
31 Pete Reiser .605 (390-255) 20
32 Ken O’Dea .604 (309-203) 3
33 Warren Spahn .603 (400-263) 7
34 Jorge Posada .602 (988-654) 74
35 Don Buford .601 (683-453) 41
36 Jason Varitek .601 (829-550) 61
37 Derek Jeter .600 (1449-964) 158
38 Carlos Ruiz .600 (320-213) 30
39 Rafael Santana .599 (347-232) 5
40 Cesar Geronimo .597 (563-380) 31
41 Billy Johnson .597 (505-341) 28
42 Earle Combs .597 (792-535) 17
43 Ross Youngs .596 (561-380) 37
44 Larry Doby .595 (839-570) 38
45 Bobby Avila .595 (689-469) 14
46 Mark Lemke .595 (524-357) 0
47 Gil Hodges .594 (1108-758) 25
48 Bob Meusel .593 (804-551) 21
49 Bill Skowron .593 (832-572) 54
50 Dale Mitchell .593 (528-363) 5
51 Terry Moore .593 (666-458) 16
52 Shane Victorino .591 (447-309) 51
53 Mickey Mantle .591 (1337-925) 13
54 Robinson Cano .591 (611-423) 41
55 Frank Snyder .590 (370-257) 11
56 Bernie Williams .590 (1181-821) 39
57 Andy Carey .590 (453-315) 27
58 Dom DiMaggio .590 (802-558) 31
59 Mark Belanger .590 (997-694) 42
60 Frankie Frisch .589 (1283-897) 31
61 Mule Haas .588 (607-426) 13
62 Bobby Richardson .587 (776-547) 7
63 Chipper Jones .585 (1344-953) 17
64 Greg Maddux .585 (420-298) 5
65 Wally Pipp .584 (654-465) 38
66 Travis Jackson .584 (925-659) 10
67 Ben Chapman .583 (955-682) 26
68 Elston Howard .583 (798-570) 26
69 Merv Rettenmund .583 (359-257) 18
70 Billy Herman .583 (1104-791) 26
71 Jim Gilliam .582 (1031-739) 33
72 Tom Seaver .582 (322-231) 4
73 Andruw Jones .582 (1132-813) 92
74 David Justice .582 (895-643) 18
75 Johnny Pesky .581 (662-477) 25
76 Erubiel Durazo .580 (296-214) 18
77 Aaron Ward .580 (562-407) 25
78 Manny Ramirez .580 (1299-941) 109
79 Gary Roenicke .580 (408-296) 41
80 Bobby Doerr .579 (1055-766) 11
81 Steve Carlton .579 (392-285) 10
82 Nick Swisher .579 (590-429) 45
83 Hideki Matsui .579 (664-483) 21
84 Johnny Hopp .579 (569-414) 19
85 Darryl Strawberry .579 (864-629) 38
86 Ripper Collins .578 (542-395) 23
87 Paul Blair .578 (845-616) 23
88 Rich Dauer .578 (603-440) 14
89 Rafael Furcal .578 (825-602) 21
90 Birdie Tebbetts .578 (596-435) 12
91 Mike Napoli .578 (315-230) 36
92 Duke Snider .578 (1045-764) 21
93 Jimmy Brown .577 (464-340) 12
94 Eric Chavez .577 (751-551) 13
95 Jim Hegan .577 (819-601) 4
96 Tom Glavine .576 (381-280) 2
97 Riggs Stephenson .576 (645-475) 41
98 Kevin Youkilis .575 (489-361) 68
99 Johnny Bench .575 (1150-849) 19
100 Bill Terry .575 (903-668) 9
101 Ernie Orsatti .575 (300-222) 6
102 Ryan Howard .574 (565-419) 40
103 Enos Slaughter .574 (1111-824) 37
104 Johnny Lindell .574 (401-298) 16
105 Al Bumbry .574 (690-513) 21
106 Javy Lopez .574 (780-580) 66
107 Boog Powell .573 (1038-772) 29
108 Bill Bruton .572 (825-617) 29
109 Harry Craft .572 (306-229) 10
110 Heinie Groh .571 (361-271) 83
111 Earl Smith .571 (366-275) 11
112 Juan Rivera .571 (461-347) 17
113 Dustin Pedroia .570 (398-300) 25
114 Glenn Wright .570 (595-449) 5
115 Gabby Hartnett .569 (986-746) 35
116 J.D. Drew .569 (793-600) 55
117 Johnny Logan .569 (781-591) 43
118 Trot Nixon .569 (553-419) 31
119 Dixie Walker .569 (948-719) 16
120 Clyde Barnhart .568 (378-287) 7
121 Doug DeCinces .568 (890-676) 21
122 Davey Johnson .568 (742-564) 40
123 Willie Randolph .568 (1202-915) 38
124 Charlie Grimm .568 (1166-888) 31
125 Mike Shannon .567 (408-311) 10
126 Mike Gallego .567 (502-383) 32
127 Bill Russell .567 (1071-819) 36
128 Keith Lockhart .567 (285-218) 14
129 Ted Williams .566 (1210-926) 39
130 Johnny Roseboro .566 (768-588) 36
131 Del Crandall .566 (777-595) 21
132 Chase Utley .566 (594-455) 139
133 Paul O’Neill .566 (1065-816) 22
134 Brooks Robinson .566 (1577-1209) 53
135 Billy Goodman .566 (777-597) 29
136 Bobby Tolan .565 (562-433) 65
137 Butch Hobson .564 (403-311) 5
138 Floyd Robinson .564 (462-357) 27
139 Mike McCormick .564 (317-245) 3
140 Russell Martin .564 (423-327) 36
141 Reggie Jackson .564 (1491-1154) 96
142 Terrence Long .564 (425-329) 7
143 Andy Etchebarren .563 (440-341) 31
144 Charlie Gelbert .563 (432-335) 7
145 Al Smith .563 (775-602) 63
146 Maicer Izturis .562 (330-257) 21
147 Evan Longoria .562 (312-243) 25
148 Howie Kendrick .562 (353-275) 31
149 Hal Lanier .562 (594-463) 4
150 Hank Leiber .562 (390-304) 21
151 Walt Weiss .562 (761-594) 40
152 Rance Mulliniks .562 (556-434) 7
153 Hank Greenberg .562 (766-598) 16
154 Pete Rose .562 (1926-1504) 107
155 Gus Mancuso .561 (701-548) 5
156 Roger Maris .561 (736-576) 38
157 Don Sutton .561 (327-256) 6
158 Jose Pagan .561 (535-419) 22
159 Albert Pujols .561 (935-733) 77
160 Julian Javier .560 (832-653) 21
161 Eddie Stanky .560 (652-512) 35
162 Bill Mueller .560 (601-472) 35
163 Frank Demaree .560 (583-458) 14
164 George Burns .560 (434-341) 26
165 Dick Wakefield .560 (304-239) 3
166 Marcus Giles .560 (407-320) 36
167 David Ortiz .560 (914-719) 32
168 Troy O’Leary .559 (566-446) 28
169 Wes Covington .559 (421-332) 24
170 Ron Cey .559 (1119-883) 62
171 Pepper Martin .559 (546-431) 13
172 Mike Andrews .559 (466-368) 16
173 Willie Mays .559 (1574-1244) 44
174 Stan Musial .558 (1577-1247) 53
175 Freddie Lindstrom .558 (757-599) 13
176 Woody English .558 (662-524) 29
177 Carson Bigbee .558 (365-289) 21
178 Bubbles Hargrave .557 (374-297) 32
179 Ken Singleton .557 (1098-872) 17
180 Joe Cronin .557 (1094-870) 34
181 George Foster .557 (997-793) 52
182 Jimmie Foxx .557 (1186-944) 13
183 Rennie Stennett .557 (598-476) 16
184 Placido Polanco .557 (854-680) 90
185 Roger Peckinpaugh .557 (535-426) 22
186 Mike Cameron .556 (1006-802) 87
187 Jeff Blauser .556 (667-532) 91
188 Hack Wilson .556 (687-549) 20
189 Steve Yeager .556 (584-467) 27
190 Rick Dempsey .556 (759-607) 18
191 Ossie Bluege .555 (962-770) 71
192 Jo-Jo Moore .555 (692-554) 37
193 Kenny Lofton .555 (1103-884) 32
194 Jose Lind .555 (550-441) 8
195 Tony Perez .555 (1384-1110) 43
196 Sammy Hale .555 (375-301) 22
197 Pie Traynor .555 (1049-842) 31
198 Burgess Whitehead .555 (441-354) 29
199 Rich Rollins .555 (447-359) 39
200 Bing Miller .554 (861-692) 80
201 Jim Davenport .554 (607-488) 23
202 Snuffy Stirnweiss .554 (514-414) 6
203 Kiki Cuyler .554 (972-783) 85
204 Yadier Molina .554 (489-394) 28
205 John Olerud .554 (1138-917) 88
206 Augie Galan .554 (824-664) 25
207 Mike LaValliere .554 (413-333) 10
208 Jose Molina .554 (300-242) 20
209 Early Wynn .553 (338-273) 2
210 Jim Kaat .553 (281-227) 7
211 Lee May .553 (1067-862) 49
212 Melky Cabrera .553 (428-346) 16
213 Ken Griffey .553 (971-785) 14
214 Jim Rivera .553 (497-402) 23
215 Everett Scott .553 (467-378) 18
216 Orlando Cepeda .553 (1119-906) 102
217 Maury Wills .553 (1010-818) 16
218 Clete Boyer .552 (868-704) 25
219 Sal Bando .552 (1078-875) 75
220 Tim McCarver .552 (769-625) 30
221 Josh Hamilton .551 (311-253) 19
222 Marvin Benard .551 (312-254) 25
223 Davey Lopes .551 (895-729) 31
224 Pat Kelly .551 (319-260) 33
225 Dick Brown .551 (287-234) 11
226 Brian Daubach .551 (293-239) 25
227 Del Rice .551 (620-506) 34
228 Billy Martin .551 (479-391) 32
229 Robin Ventura .550 (1038-848) 23
230 Johnny Mize .550 (903-738) 52
231 Damian Miller .550 (493-403) 26
232 Darren Bragg .550 (329-269) 25
233 Jake Daubert .550 (357-292) 54
234 Gene Oliver .550 (319-261) 15
235 Nick Punto .550 (386-316) 3
236 Curt Flood .550 (856-701) 52
237 Thurman Munson .550 (752-616) 42
238 Jim Ray Hart .550 (559-458) 28
239 Dick McAuliffe .550 (893-732) 33
240 Pete Ward .550 (444-364) 40
241 Joe Morgan .549 (1368-1122) 40
242 Taylor Douthit .549 (551-452) 33
243 Irv Noren .549 (401-329) 22
244 Terry Pendleton .549 (983-807) 15
245 David Bell .549 (700-575) 44
246 Red Schoendienst .549 (1082-889) 21
247 Carlos Guillen .549 (680-559) 22
248 Frankie Pytlak .549 (350-288) 24
249 George Bell .549 (847-697) 49
250 Stan Hack .549 (1011-832) 21

Also, here are the guys who are exactly .500.

Rank Player Win Pct HBP
1005 Bobby Bonds .500 (893-893) 53
1006 Alex Gonzalez .500 (740-740) 76
1007 Vince Coleman .500 (645-645) 15
1008 Don Blasingame .500 (641-641) 15
1009 Alan Ashby .500 (596-596) 11
1010 John Jaha .500 (385-385) 50
1011 Donnie Hill .500 (308-308) 3
1012 Willy Taveras .500 (281-281) 32
1013 GenE. Robertson .500 (276-276) 10
1014 Asdrubal Cabrera .500 (259-259) 23

By the way, you can double check these numbers on the Baseball Reference career splits page, in the section for Game Outcome for Team, under the GS by wins/losses column.

The most plunked batters born on February 18th

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

55 hbp – John Mayberry, born 02/18/1949, 326th all time, played from 1968 to 1982
53 hbp – John Valentin, born 02/18/1967, 355th all time, played from 1992 to 2002
33 hbp – Alexis Rios, born 02/18/1981, 827th all time, played from 2004 to 2011
32 hbp – Jamey Carroll, born 02/18/1974, 867th all time, played from 2002 to 2011
31 hbp – Frank Fennelly, born 02/18/1860, 909th all time, played from 1884 to 1890