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Bid McPhee

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Fenway Park, Boston

All-Time Player Fielding - Career

Best Ever Fielding Second Basemen (1871-2016)



Second Base

Rank Name First PosFV LastYear CUM
GP
CUM
PO
CUM
A
CUM
E
CUM
FPCT
CUM
RF(pg)
1 McPhee Bid 1.4438 1899 2126 6545 6905 791 0.944 6.33
2 Fox Nellie 1.4281 1965 2295 6090 6373 209 0.984 5.43
3 Sandberg Ryne 1.4233 1997 1995 3807 6363 109 0.989 5.10
4 LeMahieu D.J. 1.4221 2016 611 1122 1784 26 0.991 4.76
5 Doerr Bobby 1.4133 1951 1852 4928 5710 214 0.980 5.74
6 Clarke Horace 1.4098 1974 1102 2682 3179 104 0.983 5.32
7 Mazeroski Bill 1.4054 1972 2094 4974 6685 204 0.983 5.57
8 Wills Bump 1.4023 1982 800 1815 2582 94 0.979 5.50
9 Dozier Brian 1.3984 2016 610 1117 1811 37 0.988 4.80
10 Lind Jose 1.3964 1995 1038 2183 3094 62 0.988 5.08
11 Lajoie Nap 1.3892 1916 2035 5496 6262 451 0.963 5.78
12 Collins Eddie 1.3881 1928 2650 6526 7630 435 0.970 5.34
13 Grich Bobby 1.3870 1986 1765 4217 5381 156 0.984 5.44
14 Melillo Ski 1.3851 1937 1316 3437 4448 215 0.973 5.99
15 Ferris Hobe 1.3781 1909 1019 2503 3152 271 0.954 5.55
16 Reed Jody 1.3775 1997 1050 2135 3187 65 0.988 5.07
17 Cash Dave 1.3766 1980 1330 3185 3841 117 0.984 5.28
18 Polanco Placido 1.3702 2011 1027 2130 2794 36 0.993 4.79
19 Maguire Freddie 1.3697 1931 589 1528 1959 103 0.971 5.92
20 Schoendienst Red 1.3691 1962 1834 4616 5243 170 0.983 5.38


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    Whose Number One at Second Base


    1. Bid McPhee (1882-1899)

    Okay, so it might be hard to relate to a player born prior to the Civil War, but that doesn't make Bid McPhee any less stellar on the diamond. He was the top fielder in baseball for 8 seasons (all of baseball, not league). His Range Factor was 9.1% higher for his career than the leagues he played in. BTW that would be American Association and the National League. How important is that Range Factor deviation? He got to 9.1% more balls than the average 2nd sacker. That's a whole lot of outs. His fielding percentage was a whopping 25 points better than the average.


Fielding Ratings in the Stat Geek Baseball PEVA system are meant to give a grade that relates to value for payroll purposes. A player with a low amount of innings played at a position may be rated lower for that purpose, but be a better defensive player. They would be rated higher in the PEVA/FV system with higher innings played, but their FV is lower due to lack of use.

Notes: Photo/Image Credits: Bid McPhee, Library of Congress.

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