Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Leaderboard Score - Least Strikeouts

This post is a continuation of a series listing the best players of all-time in every major statistical category.  If you'd like to read about the method used or see what other stats are available, you can can find it all here.

Here is a list of the players with the greatest ability to avoid strikeouts.  As a Tigers fan, I was interested to see where Placido Polanco ranked and was happy to see him at #11.

As you can see from the graph, I'm missing data for strikeouts from 1897 to 1909.  I hope this doesn't ruin anyone's day.



1. Nellie Fox (CHI White Sox). Leaderboard Score: 197
5' 10", 160 lbs. Bats Left. Throws Right. 12-Time All-Star (Started 7). HOF Player. Gold Glove (1957, 1959 - 1960), MVP (1959).
Peak Years: 1950-1963
Rankings: 2 (17), 1 (11), 2 (14), 2 (18), 1 (12), 1 (15), 1 (14), 1 (13), 1 (11), 1 (13), 1 (13), 1 (12), 1 (12), 1 (17)

2. Tony Gwynn (SD Padres). Leaderboard Score: 175
"Mr. Padre,Captain Video". 5' 11", 185 lbs. Bats Left. Throws Left. 15-Time All-Star (Started 10). HOF Player. Gold Glove (1986 - 1987, 1989 - 1991).
Peak Years: 1984-1998
Rankings: 1 (23), 5 (33), 2 (35), 3 (35), 4 (40), 1 (30), 1 (23), 1 (19), 1 (16), 2 (19), 1 (19), 1 (15), -, 2 (28), 1 (18)

3. Joe Sewell (CLE Indians, NY Yankees). Leaderboard Score: 138
5' 6", 155 lbs. Bats Left. Throws Right. HOF Player.
Peak Years: 1922-1933
Rankings: 11 (20), 4 (12), 5 (13), 1 (4), 1 (6), 1 (7), 1 (9), 1 (4), 1 (3), 1 (8), 1 (3), 1 (4)

4. Ozzie Smith (SD Padres, STL Cardinals). Leaderboard Score: 130
"The Wizard of Oz". 5' 11", 150 lbs. Switch Hitter. Throws Right. 15-Time All-Star (Started 11). HOF Player. Gold Glove (1980 - 1992).
Peak Years: 1978-1994
Rankings: 8 (43), 7 (37), 12 (49), 22 (37), 4 (32), 7 (36), -, 3 (27), 1 (27), 4 (36), 6 (43), 2 (37), 2 (33), 2 (36), 3 (34), 1 (18), 3 (26)

5. Lloyd Waner (PIT Pirates, PHI Phillies). Leaderboard Score: 118
"Little Poison". 5' 9", 150 lbs. Bats Left. Throws Right. 1-Time All-Star. HOF Player.
Peak Years: 1927-1942
Rankings: 22 (23), 4 (13), 14 (20), -, 6 (16), 1 (11), 1 (8), 2 (12), 2 (10), 1 (5), 2 (12), 2 (11), 2 (13), -, -, 1 (6)

6. Bill Buckner (LA Dodgers, CHI Cubs, BOS Red Sox). Leaderboard Score: 112
"Billy Buck". 6' 0", 185 lbs. Bats Left. Throws Left. 1-Time All-Star.
Peak Years: 1973-1986
Rankings: 6 (34), 3 (24), -, 3 (26), -, -, 2 (28), 1 (18), 2 (16), 1 (26), 5 (30), 5 (39), 3 (36), 1 (25)

7. Jack Glasscock (CLE Blues, CIN Outlaw Reds, STL Maroons, IND Hoosiers, NY Giants, STL Browns, PIT Pirates). Leaderboard Score: 107
"Pebbly Jack". 5' 8", 160 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right.
Peak Years: 1881-1894
Rankings: 7 (8), 5 (9), 20 (23), 3 (16), 2 (10), 1 (13), 2 (8), 6 (17), 3 (10), 2 (8), 2 (11), 5 (19), 3 (7), 2 (4)

8. Mark Grace (CHI Cubs, ARI Diamondbacks). Leaderboard Score: 107
"Amazing". 6' 2", 190 lbs. Bats Left. Throws Left. 3-Time All-Star (Started 1). Gold Glove (1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996).
Peak Years: 1988-2001
Rankings: 6 (43), 4 (42), 11 (54), 7 (53), 4 (36), 3 (32), 10 (41), 5 (46), 4 (41), 3 (45), 8 (56), 3 (44), 1 (28), 4 (36)

9. Felix Millan (ATL Braves, NY Mets). Leaderboard Score: 104
"the Cat". 5' 11", 172 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right. 3-Time All-Star (Started 1). Gold Glove (1969, 1972).
Peak Years: 1968-1976
Rankings: 2 (26), 6 (35), 3 (23), 1 (22), 3 (28), 2 (22), 1 (14), 1 (28), 2 (19)

10. Jason Kendall (PIT Pirates, OAK Athletics, CHI Cubs, MIL Brewers). Leaderboard Score: 104
6' 0", 190 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right. 3-Time All-Star (Started 1).
Peak Years: 1997-2009
Rankings: 6 (53), 5 (51), -, 28 (79), 8 (48), 1 (29), 3 (40), 7 (41), 2 (39), 3 (54), 3 (42), 3 (45), 5 (58)

11. Placido Polanco (STL Cardinals, PHI Phillies, DET Tigers). Leaderboard Score: 102
"Polly". 5' 10", 190 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right. 1-Time All-Star (Started 1). Gold Glove (2007, 2009).
Peak Years: 2001-2010
Rankings: 5 (43), 5 (41), 2 (38), 4 (39), 1 (25), -, 1 (30), 2 (43), 3 (46), 2 (47)

13. Luis Aparicio (CHI White Sox, BAL Orioles, BOS Red Sox). Leaderboard Score: 101
"Little Louie". 5' 9", 160 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right. 10-Time All-Star (Started 6). HOF Player. Gold Glove (1958 - 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970).
Peak Years: 1960-1973
Rankings: 7 (39), 4 (33), 5 (36), 4 (35), 7 (51), 11 (56), 4 (42), 2 (44), 2 (43), 1 (29), 2 (34), 3 (43), -, 1 (33)

14. Bobby Richardson (NY Yankees). Leaderboard Score: 100
5' 9", 170 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right. 7-Time All-Star (Started 1). Gold Glove (1961 - 1965).
Peak Years: 1959-1966
Rankings: 2 (20), 2 (19), 3 (23), 2 (24), 2 (22), 1 (36), 2 (39), 1 (28)

15. Gregg Jefferies (NY Mets, KC Royals, STL Cardinals, PHI Phillies, ANA Angels). Leaderboard Score: 99
5' 11", 175 lbs. Switch Hitter. Throws Right. 2-Time All-Star (Started 1).
Peak Years: 1989-1998
Rankings: 6 (46), 3 (40), 3 (38), 2 (29), 3 (32), 3 (26), 2 (26), -, 1 (27), 1 (32)

16. Vic Power (PHI Athletics, KC Athletics, CLE Indians, MIN Twins). Leaderboard Score: 99
6' 0", 186 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right. 4-Time All-Star. Gold Glove (1958 - 1964).
Peak Years: 1954-1963
Rankings: 4 (19), 4 (27), 2 (16), 2 (21), 2 (14), 3 (22), 3 (20), 2 (16), 4 (35), 3 (24)

21. Juan Pierre (COL Rockies, FL Marlins, CHI Cubs, LA Dodgers, CHI White Sox). Leaderboard Score: 91
5' 11", 185 lbs. Bats Left. Throws Left.
Peak Years: 2001-2010
Rankings: 1 (29), 7 (52), 1 (35), 2 (35), 3 (45), 2 (38), 1 (37), -, -, 3 (47)

25. Eric Young (COL Rockies, LA Dodgers, CHI Cubs, MIL Brewers, SF Giants). Leaderboard Score: 84
"E.Y.". 5' 9", 180 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right. 1-Time All-Star.
Peak Years: 1993-2003
Rankings: 7 (41), -, -, 2 (31), 7 (54), 2 (32), 1 (26), 3 (39), 7 (45), 4 (38), 5 (44)

32. Tommy Helms (CIN Reds, HOU Astros). Leaderboard Score: 75
5' 10", 165 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right. 2-Time All-Star (Started 1). Gold Glove (1970 - 1971).
Peak Years: 1966-1973
Rankings: 1 (31), 4 (41), 4 (27), 5 (33), 4 (33), 7 (33), 2 (27), 1 (21)

39. Cesar Tovar (MIN Twins, TEX Rangers). Leaderboard Score: 65
"Pepito". 5' 9", 155 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right.
Peak Years: 1966-1974
Rankings: 7 (50), 4 (51), 1 (41), 4 (37), 8 (47), 2 (39), 4 (39), -, 1 (33)

73. Omar Vizquel (SEA Mariners, CLE Indians, SF Giants). Leaderboard Score: 46
"Little O". 5' 9", 175 lbs. Switch Hitter. Throws Right. 3-Time All-Star. Gold Glove (1993 - 2001, 2005 - 2006).
Peak Years: 1992-2007
Rankings: 5 (38), 32 (71), -, 19 (59), 6 (42), 4 (58), 12 (64), 7 (50), 16 (72), 21 (72), 11 (64), -, 6 (62), 7 (58), 10 (51), 6 (48)

98. Orlando Cabrera (MON Expos, BOS Red Sox, LA Angels, CIN Reds). Leaderboard Score: 34
"O.C.,O-Dog". 5' 10", 195 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right. Gold Glove (2001, 2007).
Peak Years: 2001-2010
Rankings: 12 (54), 8 (53), 19 (64), 3 (54), 4 (50), 8 (58), 11 (64), 16 (71), 16 (71), 4 (53)

138. Bob Bailor (TOR Blue Jays). Leaderboard Score: 24
5' 11", 170 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right.
Peak Years: 1977-1978
Rankings: 2 (26), 1 (21)

143. Jose Vidro (MON Expos, WAS Nationals, SEA Mariners). Leaderboard Score: 23
5' 11", 175 lbs. Switch Hitter. Throws Right. 3-Time All-Star (Started 2).
Peak Years: 1999-2007
Rankings: 5 (51), 14 (69), 10 (49), 18 (70), 6 (50), -, -, 8 (48), 8 (57)

185. Miguel Cairo (TB Devil Rays). Leaderboard Score: 18
6' 1", 225 lbs. Bats Right. Throws Right.
Peak Years: 1998-1999
Rankings: 4 (44), 4 (46)

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