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Troy Tulowitski

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Fenway Park, Boston

All-Time Player Fielding - Career

Best Ever Fielding Shortstop (1871-2018)



Shortstop

Rank Name First Career
POS FV
Last Year CUM
GP
CUM
PO
CUM
A
CUM
E
CUM
FPCT
CUM
RF(pg)
1 Simmons Andrelton 1.6934 2018 925 1420 2657 73 0.982 4.41
2 Smith Ozzie 1.6876 1996 2511 4249 8375 281 0.978 5.03
3 Ripken, Jr. Cal 1.6822 1997 2302 3651 6977 225 0.979 4.62
4 Allen Bob 1.6732 1900 604 1399 2169 330 0.915 5.91
5 Maranville Rabbit 1.6682 1931 2153 5139 7354 631 0.952 5.80
6 Galvis Freddy 1.6651 2018 658 912 1731 42 0.984 4.02
7 Jennings Hughie 1.6586 1907 899 2390 3147 470 0.922 6.16
8 Miller Eddie 1.6572 1950 1395 2976 4500 217 0.972 5.36
9 Glasscock Jack 1.6561 1895 1628 2821 5630 832 0.910 5.19
10 Wright George 1.6556 1882 530 714 1878 395 0.868 4.89
11 Banks Ernie 1.6542 1961 1125 2087 3441 174 0.969 4.91
12 Aparicio Luis 1.6530 1973 2583 4548 8016 366 0.972 4.86
13 Tulowitzki Troy 1.6524 2017 1264 1943 3882 91 0.985 4.61
14 McMillan Roy 1.6520 1966 2028 3705 6191 290 0.972 4.88
15 Fernandez Tony 1.6469 1997 1573 2708 4511 151 0.980 4.59
16 Davis George 1.6457 1908 1372 3231 4787 511 0.940 5.84
17 Bowa Larry 1.6449 1985 2222 3314 6857 211 0.980 4.58
18 Bell Jay 1.6348 2003 1515 2309 4595 176 0.975 4.56
19 Burleson Rick 1.6341 1986 1192 2151 3871 179 0.971 5.05
20 McBride George 1.6340 1920 1626 3585 5274 484 0.948 5.45


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    Whose Number One at Shortstop


    1. Andrelton Simmons (2012-2018)

    Yes, he pingponged back into first place after his age 29 season, and may have one more year or so at the top before a decline starts. But that is not in any way to diminish the great career Simmons is having thus far. He fields at a 0.982 clip, nine points higher than the shortstop average in his time. His range factor is 38 points above league average in Range Factor per 9 Innings Played, almost in Ozzie land.

    2. Ozzie Smith (1978-1996)

    Andrelton Simmons may have the top spot in the early years of his career, just like Troy Tulowitski once did not long ago. Ozzie waits just below. And just how special was he. Try a range factor after a nineteen year career that was forty-four points above league average per nine innings, 5.22 to 4.78. Add in a fielding percentage 12 points above his peers, .978 versus .966 and you've got the what will be the best fielding shortstop in history in a few years once again.


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.

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